It has been a rough week. Fires are scorching California and a deadly shooting killed 12. On a far lesser note, the travel news has also been predominantly negative. So let’s just take a quick pause from the bad news and reflect upon a remarkable gesture of humanity by a flight attendant on Philippine Airlines.
There are few things worse than boarding a flight and realizing that you forgot something important. But when it is something as essential as food for your baby, the problem becomes even worse.
Flight attendant Patrisha Organo noticed that a baby was crying uncontrollably on a PAL Express flight she was working. As the mother of a nine-month-old herself, she recognized the cry of hunger. But when she checked on the baby, she found the baby’s mother had no food left. The pair had been sitting in the airport since 9:00 P.M. the previous evening and the formula was now gone.
With no formula onboard, the flight attendant offered to breastfeed the baby herself. A grateful mother accepted.
Organo describes her thoughts in this way:
You know the difference between a cry of hunger, a cry of sleepiness, or a cry of something else. The helplessness you feel when you cannot feed your hungry child is horrible, so I had to step in.
As soon as the baby started feeding from me, I saw the relief on the mother’s eyes and eventually her daughter fell asleep. I could only imagine the chaos of those feelings, but as a mother myself I knew the stress she would’ve been going through.
I wish to normalize breastfeeding because how could you breastfeed the child in the [restroom]? Do you guys eat in the [restroom]? It’s an unnatural way to feed a baby.
While I wish it had been the mother and not the FA herself boasting about this incident, it nevertheless remains a remarkable testament to the gift of human love.
Back to bitter reality, I suppose, but what a wonderful gesture this was.
(H/T: One Mile at at a Time)