Flying with young children can be stressful, so imagine trying to fly with a newborn.
Rubin Swift recently found out the hard way how difficult it can be, but luckily he had a guardian angel looking out for him and his newborn daughter.
Rubin Swift had recently gained custody of his daughter, Ru-Andria.
Swift, who lives in Cleveland, recently flew to Phoenix to pick up his 4-day-old daughter, Ru-Andria. Prior to his return flight home, he spoke with Frontier Airlines and inquired about the necessary paperwork he would need in order to fly with his newborn.
According to Arizona Family, he needed his daughter’s birth certificate and a note from the hospital clearing her to fly.
Swift made sure he had all the paperwork for Ru-Andria before they arrived at the airport.
Although Swift arrived at the airport prepared, he was told that his daughter was unable to fly because Frontier’s policy states that babies must be seven days old to fly.
Swift was confused and at a loss of what to do.
“I asked for my money,” he told Arizona Family. “They said it would take seven days to get your money back.”
He had to leave the airport, but had no money and no where to stay for three days.
Without any options, Swift was forced to leave the airport, but he wasn’t sure what he was going to do. He reportedly didn’t have enough money to rent a car to drive home or any extra to stay at a hotel for a few days.
But then he remembered a friendly face he met at the hospital while his daughter was in the NICU.
Swift reached out to a volunteer he met at the hospital when he picked up his daughter.
“I didn’t expect her to say, ‘I’m coming to get you and take you home.’ So, I’m thinking, ‘She is going to drive me back to Cleveland,’ but she actually brought me to her house and feeding me and making sure my baby is alright,” Swift said.
Joy Ringhofer volunteers at Banner University Medical Center where Swift’s daughter was born, and she first met Swift when he picked up his daughter.
Ringhofer invited the father and his newborn daughter into her home and let them stay with her until his daughter was seven days old.
Ringhofer happily welcomed Swift and Ru-Andria into her home.
While some might have initially hesitated about taking in a stranger and their child, Ringhofer was positive it was the right thing to do.
“I had such a strong feeling that I needed to do this for him,” she said. “I know he was a kind and safe man to have in my home and he has been a perfect gentleman.”
He and his daughter stayed at Ringhofer’s house until Ru-Andria was old enough to fly.
Swift was caught off guard by the woman’s extreme kindness.
“We’re two different colors and she opened up her door and it never was an issue,” Swift said. “My color was never an issue. She loves my baby. She held her. My baby was with her all night. Who does that?”
After the father and daughter stayed in Phoenix for three days they were able to catch another flight back home to Cleveland.
Swift, who now refers to Ringhofer as his daughter’s grandmother, promised the two of them would be back for another visit.