A mother is thanking a flight attendant, who went above and beyond to comfort her frightened daughter aboard a flight.
According to a Facebook post by Erika Jeorgean Swart, her 9-year-old daughter, Gabby, has Type 1 diabetes and severe anxiety while flying.
Erika was recently flying with Gabby and her other two young children, who also needed attention.
As the Southwest Airlines flight from Florida to New Jersey came in for landing, the plane hit a patch of rough air, causing a lot of turbulence. The teetering plane immediately upset Gabby.
An observant flight attendant named Jovan “Garrick” Riley, noticed Gabby getting scared and offered to sit near her.
Erika and Gabby agreed, and for 30 minutes, Garrik sat by the young girl, bringing her special drinks and chatting.
“During extremely rough turbulence she began crying and grabbed his arm, he gently told her she could hang on as long as she needed to,” wrote Erika.
Then, Gabby’s panic attack caused her blood sugar to drop to a dangerous level.
“He got up from his seat to get her an orange juice and came right back to sit with her. She asked again if she could continue to hold his arm while the plane was landing. He of course agreed,” wrote Erika.
Once the plane landed safely, Garrik made an announcement on the intercom congratulating Gabby on overcoming her fear of flying. Passengers, many who watched the ordeal unfold, began applauding loudly.
Southwest Airlines saw the Facebook post, and said Garrik will be rewarded for going above and beyond.
Erika’s husband, Bryan Swart, who wasn’t flying with his family that day, also thanked the flight attendant on Facebook.
Erika her daughter can’t thank Garrik enough for his kindness.
“We are forever grateful to have met such a beautiful, selfless soul,” wrote Erika.