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Airline refused to let dad board plane with newborn, ‘then he found note in his pocket that changed everything’!

Traveling, even under the best circumstances, can be a challenging and stressful ordeal. Packed flights, flight delays, and unforeseen mishaps can throw a wrench into plans.

Now, add the factor of traveling with an infant, particularly a newborn, and the situation can become even more daunting, as one recent father found out. Robin was embarking on a journey to collect his newborn daughter, Andrea, for the first time.

At just four days old, Andrea had become Roben’s sole responsibility. However, upon reaching the airport, Roben faced an unexpected hurdle. The airline’s policy dictated that infants needed to be at least seven days old to fly.

This meant that Roben and Andrea had to wait an additional three days before they could travel. Yet, this waiting period was complicated – they had nowhere to stay, and the airport was not a suitable place for a newborn.

Roben’s chance encounter with Joy, a volunteer at the University Medical Center where Andrea was born, would turn out to be a remarkable stroke of luck, Joy told CBS News.

Their paths had crossed when Roben collected Andrea from the hospital, and a connection was formed instantly. Joy recounted, “I was cradling her when her father walked in, and we had an immediate connection.”

Stranded and without options, Roben turned to Joy for guidance. The gracious older woman he had met earlier proved to be his savior. Joy had an unexpected solution in mind: “I didn’t anticipate her saying, ‘I’m coming to pick you up and take you home.’

I wondered if she’d drive me back. But she actually brought me to her house, provided meals, and ensured my baby’s well-being,” Roben shared.

The heartwarming story of Joy, Roben, and Andrea has gained significant attention for all the right reasons. Amidst a world marked by divisions and animosity, their tale is a breath of fresh air.

Robin reflected on the profound impact of this connection: “We come from different backgrounds, yet she opened her home without hesitation. Our differences never mattered.

She adores my baby… My baby spent the night with her. She stayed awake caring for her. Who does that?” Grateful for Joy’s nurturing presence, Roben now regards her as his daughter’s honorary grandmother. The strong bond forged between them is a testament to human kindness and connection.

Robin considers Joy a part of his family due to the time they spent together and the compassion she exhibited toward him and his daughter. He is determined to return with Andrea to visit Joy at the earliest opportunity.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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