A mother who asked a stranger to help her five-year-old daughter travel from Sierra León to the US for an emergency medical treatment in 2003, is finally able to thank the mysterious man 15 years later. The daughter, Maya Hughes (photo), is now 20 and lives in California, shared the inspirational story in a Twitter thread this week
A mother who asked a stranger to help her five-year-old daughter travel from Sierra León to the US for an emergency medical treatment in 2003, is finally able to thank the mysterious man 15 years later.
The daughter, Maya Hughes, who is now 20 and lives in California, shared the inspirational story in a Twitter thread that went viral this week after being shared by the foreigner, former congressman of Virginia, Tom Perriello.
She wrote that her mother Zee Sesay decided one day to fly out of the air & # 39; that she and Hughes would move for six months to the homeland Sierra León, Sesay.
Four months after their stay, Hughes was struck by a medical emergency and had to return to the US as soon as possible.
Hughes skipped some details but explained: "It was a situation of life and death, so my mother had to get me out of it, but she could not come with me, so she had to find someone as soon as possible. airport to bring me back to America. & # 39;
Hughes & # 39; Mother Sea Sesay decided one day & # 39; out of nowhere to move the family to Sierra Leon, her homeland, for six months in 2003. Four months later, Hughes had a medical emergency and had to return to the US as soon as possible, but Sesay could not go with her going back. The youth photo above shows Hughes (left) with Sesay around that time
Sesay rushed to the airport and sought out someone who could travel back to the US with her five-year-old. She managed to convince a man she did not know to take on the task. Sesay learned 15 years later that this man was Tom Perriello (above), a former Virginia congressman
Sesay told the story to BuzzFeed News and rushed to the airport and asked a member of staff to point out someone who was traveling to the US.
The employee initially told Sesay that it was against the airline's policy to provide that information, but eventually led it to one man after some persuasion.
I walked over to this gentleman and asked if he could travel with Maya, & # 39; Sesay told BuzzFeed. In the beginning he said no, he said he was traveling to the US for a funeral. & # 39;
She said that somehow she could convince him to fly the young man back to meet relatives in Maryland.
& # 39; I stood by and saw the plane taking off and did not realize that I had given my child to a completely unknown one, "she said.
It was adrenalin, I was not in the right mood and I did not think well … and that was it. I have never seen this man again. & # 39;
Hughes is now 20 years old and lives in California. She said about Perriello: "There's a big chance I would not be here today if this man did not bring me here."
Hughes remembered the day as & # 39; a lot of chaos and non-stop in the plane & # 39; and said that the man sang her in the plane to calm her down.
She wrote on Twitter: "My mother has been trying to find this man for 15 years, we never got his name or anything like that.
So, just like a week ago, my mother found him through a family member who really worked with him, and she said he was equal to the description and everything. & # 39;
The man in question is Tom Perriello, a representative from Virginia who worked with the administration of former President Barack Obama.
Sesay mailed him and the couple has had contact since Monday.
She said that Perriello filled her with parts of the trip from Sierra Leone to Virginia that she never knew.
This man has accepted a child of a complete stranger, it is proof of the kind of person he is, & # 39; said Sesay.
Sesay contacted Perriello via e-mail and the couple had a connection on Monday. Perriello, who is now director of the Open Society Foundation, worked for the administration of former President Barack Obama (pictured in 2010)
Perriello retweeted Hughes & # 39; thread, the journey 15 years ago: & # 39; One of the craziest experiences of my entire life & # 39;
Hughes decided on her story on Twitter and wrote: & # 39; I know this is a long a ** thread and maybe not much, but there is a HUGE possibility that I would not be here today if this man would not bring me back here, & tweeted Hughes.
& # 39; Finding him after 15 years is really oc [out of control] because I thought about it a lot, he did not have to help me, he did not owe me anything. I am so grateful !!!!!!! & # 39;
Perriello, now director of the Open Society Foundation, retweeted Hughes & # 39; thread wrote: & # 39; One of the craziest experiences of my entire life is now a Twitter thread – and I would not be happier to know that you're shining brightly, @ _themayan _! & # 39;
Perriello told BuzzFeed: & # 39; It is an incredibly vivid memory that resembles something from a movie. It just was not clear whether it was a happy film or a sad film. & # 39;
He said of leaving the girl with Sesay's mother at Washington Dulles International airport: "One of the happier moments in my life was seeing Maya walking into her grandmother's arms." ;
Hughes and Sesay have both told BuzzFeed that they are hopeful that one day they will be able to meet Perriello in person.
& # 39; I've been looking for this spirit for fifteen years, & # 39; said Sesay. I hope to meet him to have the chance to shake his hand, hug him and thank him for doing it. & # 39;
Hughes noted: "He is a really good person, something we do not have much of.
& # 39; If he had not been there, I did not know how I had saved it. We tried to find him because we never really thanked you. & # 39;
Hughes & # 39; Twitter thread is fully visible above