A compassionate Uber driver stopped her work day solely so she could help a distressed new mother with a sick child.
Nicole Ihus’s son John Henry was born last month with a life-threatening disease called congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
Nicole and her husband, who live in Kansas City, contacted doctors from Minnesota and Missouri in hopes of finding a physician who could treat John Henry for the condition—but to no avail.
Luckily, Nicole managed to get in contact with the “best doctor in the world for this condition” at Johns Hopkins All Childrens in St. Petersburg, Florida—so she traveled all the way to the Sunshine State to give her newborn son a fighting chance.
After John Henry was born into the capable hands of the NICU, Nicole felt overwhelmed and alone in the new state, although she knew that she had to leave her son’s side in order to buy him some new clothes.
Upon ordering an Uber ride to the nearby Rhea Lana children’s clothing store, she was picked up by a woman named Belinda.
Shortly after Nicole got into Belinda’s car, the new mother couldn’t help but vent about her heartbreaking circumstances.
“She told me her story,” Belinda told WFLA in the interview below. “She was in tears a couple of times and I really felt for her.”
Rather than simply dropping Nicole off at the store, however, Belinda parked the car and insisted on accompanying her passenger into the store so she could treat John Henry to a new wardrobe.
Needless to say, Nicole was overwhelmed with gratitude.
“She was like, ‘I’m going to help you buy you some clothes for your son.’ I asked her, ‘Are you serious?’ I can’t even imagine,” said Nicole. “For this stranger to go completely out of her way—stop what she was doing and stop making money—to come be with me for a couple of hours while we shopped together, that was just incredible.”
As Nicole cares for her newborn son and raises money for his medical conditions, she hopes to introduce the Uber driver to her son as a thank you for her compassionate gesture.
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