Blind And Deaf Man Helped By Teenage Girl On Plane

The news is so often full of doom and gloom that it's genuinely refreshing when a story comes along and reaffirms our faith in humanity.

That's what the story of a teenage girl's kindness on an aeroplane in America is doing for people around the world as it spreads across the Internet like wildfire.

More than one million people have now liked a Facebook post by Lynette Scribner from Oregon, which told the heart-warming tale of Clara and Tim.

Credit: Facebook/Lynette Scribner
Credit: Facebook/Lynette Scribner

The post reveals that Tim, who is blind and deaf, had been to visit his sister in Boston and was travelling back home to Los Angeles on his own.

However, despite their best efforts, airline staff were struggling to communicate with him.

Lynette said: "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.

"He had some verbal ability, but clearly could not understand them."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

She went on to describe how a man sitting nearby had helped Tim with small tasks like opening his coffee creamer and taking him to the restroom.

In order to try and make Tim's flight as comfortable as possible, the staff put out a call to ask if anyone on the plane knew sign language so that they might be able to trace signs on Tim's hand for him to 'read'.

Clara answered their call.

"Fifteen years old, she learned ASL because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn," said Lynette.

"For the rest of the flight she attended to Tim and made sure his needs were met. It was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand.

"He was able to 'read' her signing and they carried on an animated conversation."

She added" "I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being.

"I can't say enough about this beautiful young woman named Clara who didn't think twice about helping her fellow passenger.

"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."

Lynette has since updated her post to reveal that Alaska Airlines have been in contact with Clara, Tim and the other man who was helping out throughout the flight.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook

Paddy Maddison

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