During Turbulence, This Selfless Flight Attendant Jumped To Help A Scared Little Girl

The 9-year-old has Type 1 diabetes and severe flying anxiety.

When Erika Swart of Winter Garden, Florida encountered turbulence aboard Southwest Airlines flight 1264 while flying from Orlando to Newark last Friday with her 9-year-old daughter, Gabby, and two of her younger children, she quickly noticed that her little girl was beginning to panic.

Fortunately, she wasn't the only one.

A kind flight attendant named Garrick also noticed the 9-year-old's discomfort. According to a Facebook post by Swart, Gabby not only lives with Type 1 diabetes, but also has "severe flying anxiety." 

Although Garrick and other crew members did their best to keep the girl calm, when the turbulence hit, she became enveloped in a full-blown panic attack. That's when Garrick did something especially kind, offering to sit next to Gabby so that she could hold his hand.

Swart's Facebook post tells the story in detail.


It doesn't take much to make a difference in a child's life. Sometimes it's just being strong and letting them hold your hand when they're most afraid.

Brilliant work, Garrick. 

(H/T: Consumerist)


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