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Child With Autism Has Meltdown On Plane, But Stranger’s Response Left Passengers “In Awe.”

Rabbi Bentzion Groner and his wife Rochel, were on their way back from a trip to Israel when they found themselves in the right place, at the right time.

One hour into the 8-hour connecting flight from Europe, a young boy with autism had an absolute meltdown that showed no signs of slowing. Plane passengers kept quiet as the little guy continued his tirade… but it was clear that everyone was on edge.

It just so happens that the Groner’s run an organization called ZABS Place, an upscale thrift boutique shop and employment-training center for young adults with disabilities. After about 15 minutes of the tantrum, Rochel walked over to the parents and asked if she could help.

Rochel reached out her hand, which the boy grabbed, and then took him to the bulkhead where she spent the next few hours comforting and playing with him.


The Groner’s believe that the recipe for a miracle is very simple indeed. All you need is a heart full of love and a helping hand for any wonderful thing to happen. And that certainly proved true on this day.


According to their Facebook post, most passengers on the flight watched in awe while Rochel effortlessly calmed the young child who seemed inconsolable.

Her example just goes to show, you never know how far the ripples of your kindness will go.

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