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Blind And Deaf Elderly Man Boards Flight Alone. When Flight Attendant Begs For Help, A 15-Year-Old Unlikely Hero Steps Up

June 28, 2018

It’s no fun traveling alone. Long, boring hours without a friendly face to share the time with. We’ve all been there, but for one passenger on a recent flight From Boston to Portland, the challenge was far more than most of us have ever experienced. But thanks to a kindhearted teenage girl, his trip was more than he could have ever hoped for.

According to Fox News, “Clara Daly and her mom, Jane, were traveling home from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles when their flight was canceled. They were rebooked on another flight, where the pair encountered Tim Cook, a blind and deaf man traveling home to Portland, Oregon.”

When Tim Cook boarded an Alaska Airlines flight out of Boston’s Logan Airport, he appeared to be all alone without anyone to help him. Lynette Scribner who occupied the window seat in Tim’s assigned row posted to Facebook her account of what she observed that day.

According to Ms. Scribner, as soon as the flight attendants saw Mr. Cook, they knew he was no ordinary passenger. “The flight attendants sincerely wanted to assist him but had no way to communicate. I watched as they didn't flinch when he reached out to touch their faces and arms. They took his hand and tried so hard to communicate with him, to no avail.”


What they really needed was someone who could connect with the man in a more meaningful way. That is when the flight attendants put out a plea over the intercom for anyone who knew American Sign Language. That’s when the most unlikely Good Samaritan stepped in and made all the difference.

That’s when Clara Daly, a pretty 15-year-old from Calabasas, California answered the call. Clara had learned ASL to help with her Dyslexia and offered to help in any way she could. She ended up staying by Tim’s side for the rest of the flight tending to his needs.

Clara’s mom, Jane Daly told Alaska Airlines that Clara believed being on that flight was her destiny.

“After the flight, Clara told me she thought it was meant to be that our original flight was canceled and we were placed on this flight, so she could be there to help Tim,” Jane said.

Once the plane landed in Portland, Tim was met by a service provider from the living facility in which he resides. But, before he left, he made sure the airline knew that it was the best flight he’d ever been on.

And all thanks to a young teenage girl who stepped up to help when no one else was able to. We’re sure Mr. Cook will never forget her or the wonderful conversation the two shared.

Perhaps Ms. Scribner said it best in her Facebook post: “It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other.“ Amen!!

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