It took Gulafa Shaikh 14 years to conceive. It would then be an absolute understatement to say that her ten-month-old baby is the ‘noor’ of her eyes. So when the young toddler slipped out of her hand accidentally and was about to fall to the ground, Gulafa’s heart sank in absolute panic.
Until an air hostess leapt acrobatically in the air and saved the child.
Last month, Shaikh, who works as the MD of a private company, was travelling with her toddler to Ahmedabad. As she approached the security counter, the baby accidentally slipped from her arms.
At the time, Jet Airways’ air hostess, Mitanshi Vaidya who saw the event unfold, leapt into action. She threw herself onto the ground and protected the toddler. Though she fell flat on her face, the child escaped unhurt.
Gulafa wrote a letter thanking the Jet Airways hostess who she referred to as an ‘angel.’
“Fortunately one young girl (Jet air hostess Mitanshi Vaidya) saved my baby boy (who was ten months old then) from this accident. The young girl without worrying about her life helped me and just jumped and caught my son. She also suffered injuries on her face in the process, and may have also received a permanent scar on her nose,” said Gulafa’s letter, reported The Times of India.
Speaking to the publication, Jet Airways officials lauded Mitanshi’s act who did not care about getting a scar on her face, considering her line of work, as Gulafa wrote in her letter.
“We are very proud of Mitanshi, who has been working as a cabin crew with us since June 2016. She is trained on the Boeing 737 aircraft,” a Jet Airways senior official told TOI.
Gulafa also added how she asked Mitanshi for her mobile number, but the humble hostess declined it politely with a smile, saying it was against company policy. She clearly didn’t want to gather attention.
“She is an angel for me…. I had my child after 14 years of marriage, and she saved my child…. I wanted to thank her in any way, but she refused to take anything and just said ‘duaon mein yaad rakhna (remember me in your prayers)’,” writes Gulafa.
We salute Mitanshi for her quick thinking and selfless act!
Feature in-set image credit: Times of India
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)