A police officer is one who is brave and sacrificial, but the best are also compassionate and loving.
Officer Celeste Ayala, a young police officer working in Buenos Aries, Argentina was celebrated and promoted in 2018 for nursing a distressed child at the Sor Maria Ludovica Children’s Hospital . The hospital staff was overworked and there was no one to attend to the crying baby who was suffering from malnutrition. According to the officer, he was also “dirty and smelly.”
The boy had been brought in by a single mother who was struggling to provide for six children, of whom the baby was the youngest. Her child was hungry and in pain, and Officer Ayala, who had just recently become a mother, couldn’t turn away from him. She sought permission from the hospital staff to breastfeed the child, and then she took him in her arms. The child relaxed immediately he began to nurse.
Speaking to a local media outlet Cronica, Ayala said: “I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him. It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this, society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children, it cannot keep happening.”
The smallest acts of kindness have the biggest ripples
The incident happened on August 14, a day that happened to be the “National Day of the Female Officer” in Argentina. Officer Ayala hadn’t been taking care of the poor baby for any media attention. A colleague of hers, Marcos Heredia couldn’t help it and captured the heartwarming scene on his phone.
He shared it on Facebook with the caption (translated by Fox News): “I want to make public this great gesture of love that you had today with that little baby. Who without knowing you didn’t hesitate and for a moment you fulfilled how if you were her mother. You don’t care about filth and smell … things like that don’t [happen] every day.”
Thousands of people were shocked by Ayala’s selfless act of love and kindness. The post has so far received over 166K likes and 112K shares. People needed scenes like that to rejuvenate their hope in humanity. According to Heredia, the baby had been really ‘dirty’ but Officer Ayala wasn’t going to watch him suffer. She fed him, hugged and cuddled him, and he was able to feel better.
According to CNN, Officer Ayala’s selfless act earned her a promotion to sergeant . Cristian Ritondo, the minister of security in Buenos Aires wrote on Twitter: “We wanted to thank (Ayala) in person for that gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby’s cry. An officer we’re proud of. An officer we want.”
“We want to congratulate the voluntary firefighting cadet Celeste Ayala who yesterday in her job as police officer whilst she was on guard duty at the hospital, breastfed a young child who arrived crying. Actions like these fill us with pride and obligate us to redouble the effort, the work and the solidarity with our community.”
Image Credits: Mirror
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- Alexandra Deabler. Retrieved 24-02-2020
- Andrea Diaz and Angela Bonachera. A on-duty police officer calms a crying baby — by breastfeeding him. CNN. https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/21/americas/officer-breastfeed-child-while-on-duty-trnd/index.html. Retrieved 24-02-2020
- Robyn Darbyshire. Cop praised for breastfeeding ‘smelly and dirty’ malnourished baby while on duty in hospital. Mirror. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cop-praised-breastfeeding-smelly-dirty-13099154. Retrieved 24-02-2020
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