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Flight attendant’s compassionate act to help passengers in middle of flight goes viral

Philippine Airlines' flight attendant Patrisha Organo. (Facebook)

A Philippine Airlines flight attendant is being hailed on social media after she helped a mother who had run out of formula for her baby mid-flight by offering to breastfeed the infant herself. In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, flight attendant Patrisha Organo wrote that everything on the flight was proceeding “smoothly” until she “heard an infant’s cry, a cry that will make you want to do anything to help.”

“I approached the mother and asked if everything’s OK, I tried to tell her to feed her hungry child. Teary-eyed, she told me that she ran out of formula milk. Passengers started looking and staring at the tiny, fragile crying infant,” Organo recalled. “I felt a pinch in my heart. There’s no formula milk onboard. I thought to myself, there’s only one thing I could offer and that’s my own milk. And so I offered.”

Organo, who characterizes herself as a breastfeeding advocate, then went with the mother to the gallery where she proceeded “to feed the baby until she fell asleep.”

“I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes,” she said. “I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me.”

Even before the flight took off, she continued, she had known it would be a “special” memory for her and a “big step on my flying career” as it was her check flight to qualify her as a Cabin Crew Evaluator.

“I was right, the flight’s gonna be special,” wrote Organo. “So special not only because I got qualified as an Evaluator but I got to help. I breastfed a stranger’s baby inflight. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of mother’s milk.”

Read the full story at CNN.

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