Stranger helps new mom by calming crying baby on airplane

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Credit: Rebekka Garvison

ATLANTA -- Two strangers formed an incredible bond while on a 6 a.m. flight from Chicago to Atlanta.

Rebekka Garvison, a new mother, was on the flight early Thursday morning to visit her husband, an active-duty Army firefighter stationed in Alabama. Also on the flight was the couple's 4-month-old girl.

Rylee remained "calm" and "delightful" right up until Garvison boarded the plane.

"I was scrambling," she told MLive.

No one stepped in to help as Garvison boarded the plane with a crying baby while juggling her bags, a stroller and a car seat.

"I could tell as soon as (passengers) saw me coming their way, they were not thrilled," Garvison said. "We sat down and she started crying, and I was trying to get her bottle out of the bag."

Unable to calm the baby while sitting in her original seat, Garvison opted to move to two empty seats a few rows ahead of her. Also sitting on that row was Nyfesha Miller.

Miller, a frequent traveler, was settled into her neck pillow and ready for a nap. However, when Miller heard Rylee's cries, she offered to help.

"Do you mind if I try?" Miller asked Garvison.

Miller then held Rylee near the window and she quickly relaxed and stopped crying. Minutes later, Rylee was asleep in Miller's arms.

The women chatted during the flight and quickly struck a bond. After the plane landed, Miller helped Garvison with Rylee and all the baby gear. The women then went their separate ways -- Miller went to Florida and Garvison headed to Alabama.

On Thursday night, Garvison shared the story on Facebook where it quickly went viral:

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