Age 15 Girl Signs into Blind & Deaf Stranger's Hands To Comfort Him During Flight


“I can’t say enough about this beautiful young woman named Clara who didn’t think twice about helping her fellow passenger,” Lynette Scribner wrote in a story to Frank Somerville that has captivated hearts around the country. “It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other.”

Scribner’s story took place on a recent Alaskan Airlines flight as she observed a passenger named Tim. The flight staff and Tim’s seatmate worked to communicate with Tim, who is both deaf and blind, trying their best to assist him.

Despite everyone’s attentiveness to Tim and best efforts to help him, the flight staff wondered if they could perhaps do better. After brainstorming together, the flight staff made an announcement, asking if anybody on board knew sign language.

“That’s when this lovely young woman came into the picture,” Scribner said of Clara Daly, who was on the plane because her original flight had been canceled.

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“15 years old, she learned ASL because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn.”

Clara introduced herself to Tim, and the two formed a fast friendship, communicating one letter at a time. Clara kindly stayed with Tim throughout the flight, chatting, and helping him as needed.

“It was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand,” Scribner said. “He was able to ‘read’ her signing and they carried on an animated conversation.”

They smiled and laughed together as Clara patiently answered Tim’s questions. All around them, hearts were filled with delight over such a sweet scene.

The Dalys suddenly found themselves with a new perspective on their canceled flight. “After the flight, Clara told me that she thought it was meant to be that our original flight was canceled and we were placed on this flight so that she could be there to help this man,” Clara’s mother Jane Daly said.

Daly also shared the story on social media, bursting with joy over her daughter’s kind actions. “She’ll probably kill me for posting this, but – Proud of my girl,” Jane Daly wrote.

Scribner was particularly impressed with the amount of collective effort to make sure Tim felt at ease. “I don’t know when I’ve ever seen (sic) some many people rally to take care of another human being,” Scribner said.

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Scribner believes the timing of the story is absolutely perfect. “We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed,” she said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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