When we say "flight attendants are your unsung heroes in the sky", we truly mean it, especially when they go beyond their call of duty to help their passengers. We have seen some flight attendants feed disabled passengers and truly, their stories melted our hearts. Just yesterday, another story of a flight attendant's heroism went viral on social media, when she breastfed the infant of a passenger mother flying alone.
Flight attendant Patrisha Organo had been a flight attendant for 4 years for PAL Express. Her concern and care for her passenger's safety, security, and comfort has brought her up the ranks in her career from a regular cabin crew to an assistant line administrator. Indeed, her dedication as a flight attendant has made her career fly higher.
Last November 6, F/A Patrisha's domestic flight was different as it was her check ride for her to qualify as a cabin crew evaluator, something that is part of her task as a cabin crew assistant line administrator. So everything was normal from boarding to take-off until she heard an infant cry, and it was not just any normal cry, but one where help is needed.
F/A Patrisha approached the mother to offer help right away right after the fasten seatbelt sign was switched off. Apparently, the mother who was already teary eyed the moment told the flight attendant that she ran out of formula milk. Luckily, the mother was in the right flight and at the right time as the flight attendant went beyond what others would not have thought of doing, and that is to offer her own milk, in other words, to breastfeed an infant that is not hers.
Together with F/A Sheryl Villaflor, they both assisted the mother to the galley where F/A Organo breasfed the until the baby fell asleep. The mother felt so relieved, knowing that her baby is in the care and love of these flight attendants who she never met before. The mother of the baby sincerely thanked F/A Patrisha for the buong pusong alaga extended to her and her baby, should we say, beyond buong pusong alaga.
To be a hero doesn't necessarily mean dying for someone, but for as long as one makes a positive impact in someone's life, he or she is a hero. That's why flight attendants are our unsung heroes in the sky. Behind these cabin crew who serve you chicken, beef, water, coffee, or tea, is someone ready to save your life even if it means great danger to their very own. In this case, one who is ready to give 'life' to a baby who belong to someone else, because breastmilk is indeed a source of life.
To others, F/A Patrisha may just be any flight attendant out there, but to the mother of the baby and all other breastfeeding moms out there, she was hero. Indeed, not all heroes wear capes, some wear wings!
Here is the story from F/A Patrisha herself:
"Yesteday, I was scheduled for a check flight to be qualified as a Cabin Crew Evaluator. I thought that this flight’s gonna be so special as this is a big step on my flying career.
Everything went smoothly until after take off, I heard an infant’s cry, a cry that will make you wanna do anything to help. I approached the mother and asked if everything’s okay, 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.
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.
Ms. Sheryl Villaflor, Line Administator on my flight, immediately assisted the mother to the galley where I breastfed the baby. The baby started rooting, she was so hungry.
I saw the relief on her mother’s eyes. I continued to feed the baby until she fell asleep . I escorted her back to her seat and just before I left, the mother sincerely thanked me.
I was right, the flight’s gonna be special, 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."