- Rubin finally got his baby back but then got stranded at the airport at customs as the baby was not old enough to fly
- He had no money and nowhere to go, but he remembered the sweet lady at the hospital and contacted her
- Joy became a granny though an great act of kindness
Imagine walking into a hospital to meet your newborn daughter for the first time only to find a stranger holding her. This is what happened to Rubin Swift and the woman holding Ru-Andria, was Joy Ringhofer.
A newfound love for this little girl has brought two strangers together.
“I sat down and was rocking her when her father came in and we sort of made a connection right away,” Ringhofer, who volunteers at the hospital, told Inside Edition.
Coming all the way from Ohio to Arizona, Swift was excited to fly back home with his 4-day old daughter of which he had just got custody.
“I explained to the airline that I was going to fly back with her,” Swift said. “They told me the policy was that I needed some documentation from the hospital saying that she was clear to fly. I got all that.”
Documentation in hand, Swift returned to the airport with his baby ready to fly home, only to be told that their policy was no babies younger than 7 days old were allow to fly.
“I asked for my money. They said it would take seven days to get your money back,” Swift told azfamily.com.
Stranded at the airport with a new baby, no money for a hotel and no vehicle to drive home, Swift was in a scary situation.
“I can’t sleep at the airport with a newborn,” he said. “Who knows what could happen they could take my baby away from me.”
With nowhere to turn, Swift made a decision to contact the kind lady at the hospital hoping she could help. Ringhofer was only too happy to be of assistance.
“I had such a strong feeling that I needed to do this for him,” said Ringhofer. “I know he was a kind and safe man to have in my home and he has been a perfect gentleman.”
The response he got from Ringhofer was heartwarming. She told Swift she was on her way to fetch both of them and “bring them home”.
“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 has been feeding me and making sure my baby is alright,” Swift said.
Swift was overwhelmed by this complete stranger’s selflessness.
“We’re two different colors and she opened up her door and it never was an issue,” said Swift. “My color was never an issue. She loves my baby. She held her. My baby was with her all night. Who does that?”
When it was time to fly home to Phoenix, the airline agreed to waive any fees associated with the changes made to his flight.
“She’s just beautiful and wonderful. She’s been so good,” Ringhofer said. “I’m gonna really miss her when she’s gone.”
Swift promised Ringhofer that he and Ru-Andria would visit real soon.
“She’s the grandmother to my child now,” Swift told CBS News.
“She could have said ‘It’s your problem’ and hung up the phone,” he told Inside Edition. “So, you know, I thank God for her and the staff at the hospital.”
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