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Pregnant mum has airport crisis as toddler son has meltdown - then strangers step in

Mirror logo Mirror 12/02/2018 Zahra Mulroy
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It's a moment Beth Bornstein Dunnington says she will never forget.

Beth was waiting to board a flight at LAX airport when she saw a sight that struck a chord with her.

"A toddler who looked to be eighteen or so months old was having a total meltdown," she explains, "running between the seats, kicking and screaming, then lying on the ground, refusing to board the plane."

What really affected Beth was the sight of the toddler's mum.

Heavily pregnant and travelling alone with her son, the young woman "became completely overwhelmed. 

"She couldn't pick him up because he was so upset, he kept running away from her, then lying down on the ground, kicking and screaming again."

It eventually became too much for her, and her response to the situation was heartbreaking.

"She finally sat down on the floor and put her head in her hands, with her kid next to her still having a meltdown, and started crying," Beth wrote .

That might have been that, but there were six or seven other women in the same terminal who were witnessing the situation unfold.

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"There must have been six or seven of us, not women who knew each other, approached and surrounded her and the little boy and we knelt down and formed a circle around them," Beth says.

"I sang 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider' to the little boy... one woman had an orange that she peeled, one woman had a little toy in her bag that she let the toddler play with, another woman gave the mom a bottle of water.

"Someone else helped the mom get the kid's sippy cup out of her bag and give it to him. It was so gorgeous, there was no discussion and no one knew anyone else, but we were able to calm them both down, and she got her child on the plane.

"Only women approached.

"After they went through the door we all went back to our separate seats and didn't talk about it... we were strangers, gathering to solve something.

"I will never forget that moment."

Beth shared her story on Facebook, where others admitted it had brought them to tears too.

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