Even though we all know that it takes a village, many of us parents are hesitant to accept the help of somebody we don’t know. However, a Naples, Florida mother recently discovered that sometimes strangers are put in our lives to save the day in the most heroic way possible.
Angi Burk Pietzak was driving alone with her two children when she found herself in a medical emergency that she couldn’t possibly handle on her own.
“The man in this photo is the best stranger I have ever met,” she explains in her story on the Love What Matters Facebook page that’s since gone viral — garnering over 33k likes and 3k shares. “Last week I found myself terrified and alone on the side of the road, holding my 2-year-old daughter as she worked through a febrile seizure.”
Luckily fate placed Mark Palumbo into her life at the exact moment she needed him, and the local business owner helped her get her daughter the help she needed.
“Mark helped me to a parking lot, bought me water, sat with me as I composed myself and waited for Quinn to regain consciousness, then ultimately got us to the hospital.”
Thankfully the story has a happy ending, and the accompanying photo is of Angi’s two children joined by their stranger-turned-hero at Palumbo’s Pizzeria, the Naples restaurant he owns with his wife.
“As it turns out, Quinn is fine (this was her fourth [seizure]), my husband is never allowed to leave town again and Mark makes great pizza! If you are in the Naples, FL area, please support this wonderful small business owner and his wife.”
Such a heartwarming story, and it’s a reminder that we all need to be of service to others when they appear to be in need, even if it means stepping out of our comfort zone.
Though not in the midst of a medical emergency, I too was saved by a stranger when my infant daughter had a crying fit in a restaurant after a rough day of parenting, leaving me on the brink of a melt down myself. It was a small gesture — her offer to hold my little girl so I could take a breather and finish my dinner — but it got me through the moment.
When each of us pays it forward, the world is a better place.