Rubin Swift never anticipated to be stopped at the Frontier Airlines gate at the Phoenix airport and instructed that he and his newborn girl Ru-Andria couldn’t even board the aircraft. Traveling with an infant may be difficult, but he never expected to be told that he and his daughter couldn’t even board the plane. Ru-Andria is Swift’s second child.
After learning that he had a newborn daughter in Arizona, Rubin was informed that he would be granted custody of the child.
The father, who is 43 years old and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, gathered his belongings and drove south to get his child and bring her back home.
At Banner University Medical Center, he paid his daughter’s hospital room a visit for the first time and started to develop a relationship with her. There, he made the acquainted with Joy Ringhofer, a NICU volunteer who was 78 years old at the time.
After delivery, the newborn baby Ru-Andria was taken to the NICU for several days as a preventative measure.
Even though he had been thrown into an unexpected circumstance, Joy realized that Rubin was a loving father to their children despite the fact that he had just lost her husband.
He has three children who are now adults from a previous marriage, and he has four stepchildren from his relationship with Tiffany, who was 32 at the time.
Rubin was taken aback when Joy, for some unexplained reason, felt obliged to provide him her contact information and write down her phone number.
Even on the day that he was supposed to depart, she volunteered to drive him to the airport so that he could go on his way.
As it turned out, Ru-Andria was unable to travel with Rubin because he required confirmation of her age before he would let her on the plane. According to the policies of Frontier Airlines, a child must be at least seven days old in order to travel.
On the other hand, getting the appropriate documents might take up to a week!
Rubin was completely at a loss for what to do when he ran into the big barrier at the airport. While he was waiting to pick up her birth certificate, he played with the notion of sleeping on the floor of the airport for many days in order to save money.
I didn’t have any money on me, and the hospital informed me that in order to receive a birth certificate, I would need to wait seven days. If airport security saw me sleeping at the airport with a newborn, they may accuse me of negligence and take the baby away from me. This gave me a lot of anxiety. I was in a dilemma.”
Tiffany, his wife, responded with confusion when he attempted to communicate with her.
They just did not have enough money for him to rent a car and travel home, or to secure a hotel room and wait it out there till everything was resolved.”
“When he phoned me from the airport and told me that they weren’t going to let him travel until he could obtain a birth certificate in four days, I felt worried. I was concerned that he would fall asleep while waiting at the airport. It seemed as if we had exhausted all of our alternatives, and that made me quite nervous.”
Rubin entertained the momentary idea of getting in touch with Joy, the NICU volunteer who had been so nice as to drive him to the airport and who had shown him nothing but compassion during their interaction.
Because he had no other choices, he dialed the number of the elderly person and took his chances. Rubin called his wife to inform her how his angel, Joy, had gone above and above to help him.
She, too, was taken aback. Rubin, on the other hand, didn’t hesitate to accept Joy’s offer since he had a great impression of her from the moment he met her.
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