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Woman delays flight to help man with autism

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas woman put aside her busy holiday plans to help an autistic man in distress.

Shaina Murry was at the Dallas International Airport when she noticed a man lying on the floor.

“It was clear something was wrong, I just didn’t know what,” she said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

After asking him several questions and attempting to calm him down, she realized he was autistic.

Trying to keep the noticeably sick man happy, she called his mother and notified the airport’s medical personnel for assistance.

“I worked with American Airlines and the medical team at Dallas and told the medical team I would change my flight, grab some lunch with him and make sure he got on his flight ok,” Murry said.

While eating lunch, American Airlines called her to let her know about the flight change. Once she and the man arrived at the gate, she said staff continued to care for him.

“Today was not at all what I pictured it to be. It has turned out so much better. I had an amazing lunch with a wonderful young man from Louisville, Kentucky. While I don’t know him well I know he has a heart of gold and a wonderful mother and sister who he loves very much, and after texting with his mom, she loves him just as much.”

She praised American Airlines for its professionalism and said it’s the only airline she will use.