A Michigan mom met a
living angel who came to her rescue the day before Thanksgiving. Laura Genovich shared the touching story in a
blog post that has been shared on Facebook more than 23,000 times.
Laura received a call
that her mom, who lives in Florida, had a stroke. When the nurse explained to
Laura that there was a chance her mom would not wake up, she immediately packed
up her 3-month-old son so that her husband and two other children could drop them off
to the airport to take the next flight to Florida.
After she was seated on
the plane, the crew announced that the plane's departure was being held up for
maintenance. She spent the next hour on the phone with relatives relaying the
news about her mom's health, hoping the crew would hurry and the flight would
be able to depart.
Sadly, the crew
announced that the plane would be grounded until further notice, leaving
passengers to take later flights.
"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. We don't have other family down there
and I had to get there as soon as I could," Laura told KSN News.
To Laura's surprise,
after overhearing her frustrated conversations with her family, a woman in the
seat in front of her 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," she recounted.
Mary didn't lie. She
stood by Laura's side as Laura's husband researched and found a new flight to
Orlando with a different airline. As Laura rushed to meet the 12:15 p.m. flight, which was scheduled to take off within minutes, she was told that her ticket
could not be transferred and even if it could, she would never make it on
time to board.
She tried her luck and
ran to the gate. The ticket agent said that she could board the flight but the
ticket would be $400.
Without hesitation, Mary paid for Laura's ticket on a new flight and then stayed behind to ensure
that her luggage was transferred to the correct plane.
Laura made it to the
hospital that night, 15 minutes before visitation hours ended.
"I laid the baby on
her and I talked to my mom and I sang to her and I played videos on my phone of
the other kids so she could hear their voices and to be able to do that is just
priceless," Laura said.
Her mom passed away a
few days later, on Dec. 3.
The airline awarded
Mary a voucher for her act of kindness.