Man reveals why he gave up his first class seat for mum with sick 11-month baby

PLANE KIND First class passenger who gave up seat for mum and her sick 11-month-old daughter ‘teared up’ after seeing ‘tiny’ baby’s ‘oxygen machine’

Jason Kunselman, 46, reduced mum Kelsey Rae Zwick to tears with his kind gesture

A GENEROUS passenger who gave up his first class plane seat to a mum and her sick baby has revealed he “teared up” after seeing the “tiny” tot’s oxygen machine.

Jason Kunselman, 46, reduced mum Kelsey Rae Zwick to tears by his kind gesture as she travelled from Orlando, Florida, to the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital last week.

Kelsey was reduced to tears by the kind gesture and now the selfless flier has revealed why he gave up his first class seat on his birthday.

Jason Kunselman, 48, an industrial engineer from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, said he immediately offered to switch seats when he saw Kelsey boarding the plane with an oxygen tank for her 11-month-old daughter Lucy.

Kelsey was flying from Orlando to Philadelphia with baby Lucy so she could be treated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Lucy suffers from a chronic lung condition as a result of a complication during pregnancy.

Kelsey and her husband Yuri are parents to twins Lucy and Eva who were born at 29 week and weighed just over 2lbs each.

They were getting comfortable in their seats when a flight attendant told them the passenger in seat 2D had offered to switch seats with them.

Speaking to Mail Online, Jason said: “She had an oxygen machine for her daughter. It couldn’t be put over her head and she had to have it with her the whole time. It was so touching seeing the little girl with her oxygen. I was tearing up as I saw her.

“Kelsey was pre-boarding and I saw the young mother traveling with a child that needed oxygen. She was so tiny.

“I expected to see her in the front since she had the oxygen machine with her but when I boarded she was in the back. So I asked the flight attendant if she thought the young lady with the baby would be more comfortable in my seat.”

Kelsey said she was unable to hide her emotions, and was reduced to tears by the gesture.

“I just hoped that she had a better flight with more room,” Jason added.

The grateful mum said she did not have the opportunity to thank Jason and posted the story on social media in the hopes of getting in touch with him.

At the end of the flight, his fellow passengers approached him to commend him for his act of kindness.

Jason, who is a frequent flier, said he didn’t think anything more about it until Kelsey’s Facebook post went viral.

Kelsey wrote: “To the man in 2D. Today you were travelling from Orlando to Philly” she started her post.

“I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter.

“We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her ‘friends’ at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).

“We pre-boarded the plane, got cozy in our window seat and made jokes to those around us about having to sit by my yelling-but-happy baby.

“The flight attendant came over and told me you were waiting to switch seats. You were giving up your comfortable, first class seat to us.

Kelsey said she “can’t wait” to tell Lucy about the act of kindness one day.

She added: “Sooo… thank you. Not just for the seat itself but for noticing.

“For seeing us and realizing that maybe things are not always easy. For deciding you wanted to show a random act of kindness to US. It reminded me how much good there is in this world.”

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