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An angel in Lincoln

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To the editor:

On the morning of Feb. 26, my son and I were in a place that no mother wants to be -- in the ER at ALMH. My 9-year-old son had a serious allergic reaction, and it was a very scary experience for the both of us. Thankfully, after almost four hours of medical care, my son was out of danger.

While waiting for his discharge, my son and I were talking. He was such a good and brave boy, I was so proud of him that morning. I wanted to treat him to lunch and told him to pick a restaurant where he would like to go. I didn't have much money on hand, but I was 100 percent sure he'd say Burger King, his favorite restaurant.

To my surprise, he said Bonanza. Sadly, I told him that I didn't have enough money for Bonanza that day. He told me, "That's OK, Mom," and he picked another place more affordable to the few dollars I had.

Moments later, my son was discharged. We both were eager to leave as it had been a long and emotional morning.

As we were walking out of our curtained room, a friendly woman stopped me. She had been sitting with another ER patient all morning. Perhaps she was a family member or a friend of the patient. She stopped me and told me she had overheard my conversation with my son about lunch. She took my hand, tucked $20 into it, smiled kindly and said: "I heard your little boy wants to go to Bonanza. You take him there on us. He deserves it."

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It all happened so fast, and although I thanked her in the most heartfelt way I could, I really should have said more. So I'm hoping this very kind woman sees this letter.

To the sweet lady with brown hair who wore a green shirt and was at the ALMH ER on that Thursday morning -- thank you! Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I apologize for not taking the time at that moment to tell you just how much you were appreciated. I truly think this world needs more good and selfless people like you. I've told all my family and friends about how I met an angel that day, and I have vowed to "pay it forward" with every opportunity that I'm able. It takes a beautiful person with a beautiful heart to do what you did. I only wish I wouldn't have been so hasty and instead took the time to tell you this in person. I am deeply thankful, and I wish you and your family the very best in happiness and health.

Most sincerely,

Tabitha Laubenstein

[Posted March 10, 2009]

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