A flight attendant’s persistent compassion towards a passenger with Parkinson’s disease is being shared across the internet after a woman shared his story on social media.
Sharon Radcliffe was on a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Nashville last week when the flight attendant, Jeffrey Jones, discovered that an older woman in coach class struggled with the neurodegenerative disease.
To Radcliffe’s surprise, Jones immediately took the senior by the hand and escorted her to an empty seat in first class.
“For the ENTIRE flight, I could see him checking in on her, patting her back, helping her get up, walking her (holding hands) up and down the aisle and generally ‘mother hen-ing’ her,” Radcliffe wrote on Facebook.
When Radcliffe asked if he needed any help caring for the woman, Jones simply said: “I got this.”
“He told me his grandmother had Parkinson’s and that he was all good, but that he very much appreciated my offer for help,” said Radcliffe. “As I sat in my seat, I literally had tears in my eyes.”
Radcliffe, who works at a hospital in Marquette, Michigan, praised Jones for his kindness before she left the plane. Then, she posted the photos of Jones to Facebook where they have been shared thousands of times.
As news outlets continue to pick up the story of Jones’s compassion, the flight attendant also took to social media to express his gratitude for the experience.
“All of the positive comments, shares, feedback, etc have been an amazing and humbling experience for me,” wrote Jones. “And thank you to Delta for showcasing my story… which happens to be one of thousands upon thousands of the good deeds and hearts we as flight attendants perform and share everyday in and out of the air.”
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