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Stranger helps young mom calm baby on plane

Posted at 12:44 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 12:44:44-04

A young mother's story is taking off on the Internet after she posted photos of a kind stranger helping to calm her crying baby on a flight to surprise her husband who is in the military.

Rebekka Garvison, who is from Kalamazoo, described in her Facebook post how terribly nervous she was about traveling alone with her baby daughter, Rylee. 

Just as they were seated on the plane, Rylee began to cry, and wouldn't stop crying. Rebekka could sense nearby passengers weren't happy. A flight attendant allowed her to move to another row. 

That's when a complete stranger, a woman by the name of Nyfesha Miller, came to the rescue. She offered to try and soothe her baby, and it worked. Baby Rylee fell fast asleep in her arms. Rebekka shared her experience in a Facebook post that went viral.

Rebekka wrote: 

"Something amazing happened to me today and I will never be able to express how grateful I am for it. Today, I was reminded that there truly are absolutely AMAZING individuals in this world even if they are complete strangers to you. I have been planning this trip to surprise Nick Garvison for quite some time and have been most stressed about flying alone with Rylee and all of our stuff to lug around with no help. As soon as we got on the plane at 5:30 AM it was very quiet and it was a full flight. I noticed that the 2 seats next to me were taken and this couple looked very annoyed and I could tell by their body language sitting right next to me that they weren't thrilled about sitting next to Rylee. Of course I'm already stressing and then Rylee started crying when we were just getting ready to taxi so I ask the other flight attendant if I could move up 2 rows where there were 2 empty seats next to each other and I'd have more room to do stuff. She said yes and next thing I know I was sitting next to this amazing woman! Rylee wouldn't stop crying no matter what I would do or try and give her....so she asked if I didn't mind if she tried and of course I let her. As soon as she had her, Rylee was looking out the window and stopped crying. When we got in the air she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate. She kept saying it wasn't a problem at all and it was actually a comforting feeling for her.

Nyfesha, you will never understand how happy this act of kindness has made me and my family. You could've just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else, but you took her and held her the entire flight and let me get some rest and peace of mind. Thank you SO much!!"

Rebekka and Nyfesha are now friends and talk daily.