CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI (December 13, 2015) – A woman in Michigan was trying to see her dying mom for the last time, but when airline problems got in the way, a Good Samaritan came to her rescue.
According to WOOD-TV, Laura Genovich found out her mom had a stroke the day before Thanksgiving. Genovich lives in Grand Rapids, but her mother lives in Florida.
In a blog, Genovich wrote that she was told her mom may not live much longer. So she booked an American Airlines flight to Florida for her and her three-month-old daughter that morning.
As Genovich and her daughter were sitting on the plane waiting to take off, the flight was cancelled due to a maintenance issue.
“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.
But then an airport angel stepped in.
A woman approached her and said, “My name is Mary and I have been listening to you for the last hour and I have been praying for you and your family. I am not leaving your side until you are on a plane to Orlando,” Genovich recounted.
Genovich was able to find another flight on Southwest Airlines, but a gate agent informed her they couldn’t transfer the ticket because American Airlines doesn’t have a contract with Southwest.
The ticket for her to get on the flight cost $400. And again, Mary stepped up to help – she paid for Genovich’s 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 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,” Genovich said.
Genovich’s mother passed away 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 tell her Mary stayed at the gate to make sure all of her luggage made it on the plane. Additionally, Southwest Airlines gave Mary a voucher for a future flight for her kindness.