The mother of a chronically ill infant said a total stranger gave up his first-class airplane seat so that she and her daughter could fly in comfort.
Kelsey Zwick, the mother of 11-month-old Lucy, was flying her daughter to Philadelphia for a medical appointment.
Lucy was born prematurely alongside her twin sister, and both babies spent months in the hospital’s NICU before going home.
Lucy has a chronic lung disease and receives treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
There was no way that passenger Jason Kunselman could have known any of this information when he spotted Zwick and her baby at the airport.
He simply saw a mom, traveling alone with a small baby wearing an oxygen tube around her face. He watched as Zwick lugged a stroller, an extra oxygen tank, a diaper bag, and of course, her baby, onto the plane.
Kunselman’s heart went out to the mother, prompting him to quietly ask the flight attendant if the woman traveling with the baby would like to switch seats with him.
Zwick said she and Lucy had just gotten settled when the flight attendant delivered the surprising news.
“Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed!” Zwick wrote on her Facebook page.
“She felt it in her bones too … real, pure, goodness.”
“She came up crying and it made me tear [up],” Kunselman told Inside Edition.
Zwick gave a smile and a thank-you to the mystery man in first class, but didn’t see him after the flight. She had hoped for the chance to explain to him just how much his gesture meant.
As Zwick’s Facebook post began to circulate, American Airlines took notice and helped Zwick reunite with Kunselman.
The reunion made both passengers feel emotional as their hearts swelled with joy.
“She said, ‘Thank you — I know I didn’t get to thank you properly,” Kunselman told Inside Edition.
“[She added that] we need more kindness like I showed to her in the world.”
To Kunselman, the decision to sacrifice his comfort on behalf of someone else wasn’t really a big deal.
“It just seemed like the right thing to do,” he said.
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