The kindness of a stranger was a much-needed blessing for this sweet baby boy and his family.
The infant, who has a genetic condition, had been the victim of hurtful comments online—but not long after that, a stranger stepped in to offer both emotional and financial support.
Brody was born with a cleft lip.
Brody was only months old during the holiday season of 2016. He had been born with a bilateral cleft lip and pallet and a rare type of chromosome deletion, so Brody doesn’t resemble other babies.
His parents had braced themselves as best they could for the inevitable cruel comments that some people might make. An ultrasound before he was born gave them plenty time to anticipate the reaction of others. But they never realized just how people’s words and actions would affect them.
A hurtful comment about Brody was painful to read.
Sara Heller, Brody’s mother was excited and happy about the birth of her son and would make regular social media posts about her baby and how he was progressing.
People would comment on her lovely little guy and offer advice, encouragement, and love. It was obvious to all just how proud Sara was of Brody already! Unfortunately, her joy was clouded when a rude comment appeared on one of Brody’s photos.
It read, “What’s wrong with his face?”
Sara was shaken but saw it as a teachable moment for both the commenter and anyone else who would see her response.
“My job as his parent and his advocate is to tell his story,” she wrote.
Not much time had passed since the rude comment was posted, before another message came along, but this one ended on a much more positive note.
Before the New Year, Sara was enjoying dinner at a restaurant with friends and had Brody with her. In the middle of their meal and conversation, a server delivered what she at first thought was a note. The server explained that it had come from another customer who was dining at the restaurant as well.
The server delivered Sara a note.
When she opened the folded paper, she was stunned to see that it was a check in the amount of $1,000, not a note. There was, however, a short message written in the memo area.
“For your beautiful baby,” it read.
The family was incredibly grateful.
This was unexpected but appreciated money, because Brody’s condition requires constant medical attention, surgeries, and other significant expenses.
Brody has since been recovering well from surgery to repair his cleft palate and lip.
Their story went viral and opened the door for Brody’s parents to achieve their mission to educate others about Brody’s condition, and one selfless act by a complete stranger helped accomplish that goal.
“Someday, [Brody] can do something great for someone,” share Sara. “I want it to be a story about how the generosity of a complete stranger restored their faith in humanity.”
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Source: Mom Worries What Others Will Think. Then Waiter Hands Her Napkin with Note, Leaving Her in Tears from Liftable.