Celeste Jaqueline Ayala, a police officer who had recently become a mother, was walking down the halls of a children’s hospital in Argentina when a ‘malnourished and dirty’ baby was brought in crying desperately.
Officer Ayala could tell from the child’s wails that the baby was hungry and needed to be fed.
Seeing as the hospital staff were overloaded with work, the officer offered to hold the child and feed him. After she was given the green light, she found a chair outside the hospital ward, sat there with the crying baby and began to breastfeed him in an attempt to calm him down. And it worked.
Ayala’s colleague, Marcos Heredia, was pleasantly surprised by the her kind gesture and took a photo and posted it on Facebook last year.
On the post he wrote, “I want to make public this great gesture of love you made today for this little baby who you did not know, but for who you did not hesitate to act like a mother. You did not care if he was dirty, which is what the hospital staff called him. Good job mate.”
The Facebook post has garnered over 165K reactions and 112K shares.
This happened on August 14 which is coincidentally “National Day of the Female Officer” in Argentina. What better way to celebrate than to highlight a female police officer’s gesture as unique as this?
“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.” Officer Ayala told local media.
The infant had recently been taken away from his mother but the police didn’t reveal why.
Thanks to her act of kindness, Ayala was promoted from the position of office to sergeant.
Hoy recibimos a Celeste, la oficial que amamantó a un bebé en el Hospital de Niños de #LaPlata para notificarle su ascenso. Queríamos agradecerle en persona ese gesto de amor espontáneo que logró calmar el llanto del bebé. La policía que nos enorgullece, la policía que queremos. pic.twitter.com/8aBp0Xj4Zj
— Cristian Ritondo (@cristianritondo) August 17, 2018
The minister of security of the Buenos Aires province, Cristian Ritondo, said in a tweet, “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.”
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