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CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman in Michigan was trying to fly home to Florida see her dying mother one last time when her flight got canceled — just when she thought she wouldn’t make it in time, a Good Samaritan stepped in to help her out.
According to WOOD-TV, Laura Genovich found out that her mom had a stroke the day before Thanksgiving.
In a blog, Genovich wrote that her mother’s nurses said she may not live much longer. She decided to book an American Airlines flight to Florida for her and her 3-month-old daughter the next morning.
As they were sitting in the plane, waiting for take off, the flight was suddenly canceled due to maintenance issues.
“I just broke down and started crying because I need to be there; I needed to get there as soon as possible. My dad was alone down there,” Genovich told WOOD-TV.
Just when she was about to give up, an airport angel stepped in.
A woman in the seat in front of Genovich turned around and said, “My name is Mary. I’ve been listening to you for the last hour, and I’ve been praying for you and your family. I am not leaving your side until you are on a plane to Orlando.”
Eventually, Genovich found a Southwest Airlines flight to Orlando, but the gate attendant told her she couldn’t transfer her ticket because American Airlines doesn’t have a contract with Southwest.
Genovich’s ticket was going to cost an additonal $400, so Mary stepped in to pay for her ticket.
“She gave me a big hug and she said, ‘I love you and the Lord loves you,’ and it just meant the world to me,” said Genovich.
Genovich was able to make it to the hospital 15 minutes before visitation hours ended.
Her mother died just a few days later.
“In the middle of an extremely difficult time for my family, I experienced the most incredible generosity from a complete stranger and the unexpected kindness of a major airline,” Laura Genovich wrote in her blog post, which has been shared more than 23,000 times on Facebook.
Southwest Airlines emailed Genovich to let her know that Mary stayed at the gate to make sure her luggage made it on the plane. Mary was given a voucher for a future flight because of her kindness.