15-year-old girl helps blind, deaf man on Alaska flight

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 25, 2018

A California teen stepped up to help a blind and deaf man who was alone on a flight and needed help communicating.

Clara Daly has been studying sign language for less than a year, but her skills were good enough to help the man communicate and to help keep him company.

Clara Daly and her mom were flying home from MA when a flight attendant asked if anyone knew American sign language.

"So then I pressed the call button". "And then she came, and she said 'so we have a passenger on the plane who's blind and deaf, so do you know how to finger spell?' And I was like, 'yeah I totally know how to finger spell'".

She signed each letter in every word so that the man with Clara could feel her hands.

"After the flight, Clara told me she thought it was meant to be that our original flight was canceled and we were placed on this flight, so she could be there to help Tim", Jane said.

"I went to [Cook] a total of three times, once to get him water, another to tell him the time, and the last hour of the flight to just talk to him", Daly told CNN. And then he asked for Clara again.

"He like didn't need anything. He was just like lonely and wanted to talk", said Clara. Clara is dyslexic and says English is already hard for her.

And she only started learning sign language about a year ago.

She was able to communicate with Cook by forming letters with her fingers and allowing him to "read" them with his hands.

Her proud mother, Jane, was one of several passengers who watched on as she knelt down alongside Mr Cook and started to gesture into the palm of his hand. "What's infinity times infinity?", said Bill.

Before the flight, Daly and her mother had spent a little less than a week in Marshfield to help her grandmother move.

"I grew up in Marshfield and so we have a very strong connection to the Boston area because of that", Jane Daly said.

And many people did.

Scribner's post on Facebook has gone viral with more than 300,000 likes and 177,000 shares.

"I think it's weird that like it's getting so much attention", Clara said. "Doing something like that is just like what anyone would have done".

In addition to sign language, Bill Daly said people can also learn a lesson from his daughter.

"To open yourself up".

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