By Amanda Froelich,
With news concerning police brutality on the rise, it’s heartening to hear about stories of officers doing good for their communities. In Argentina, police officer Celeste Jaqueline Ayala is being hailed as a hero for her relentless efforts to breastfeed a hungry, crying baby at a hospital.
According to GoodNewsNetwork, Officer Ayala was working as a guard at the Sor Maria Ludovica children’s hospital in Buenos Aires, when she heard a crying infant. Disturbed by the sound, she went to check on the wailing baby. She discovered that the cries were coming from a baby boy who had been apprehended by the police.
Because the staff had their hands full with other patients, the officer asked if she could hold and feed the baby. Employees were hesitant, describing the boy as “dirty” and “smelly.” Ayala wouldn’t have any of this, however, and insisted on feeding the infant anyway.
“I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him,” Ayala told Cronica. “It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this.”
Quiero hacer público este gran gesto de amor que tuviste hoy con ese bebito, que sin conocerlo no dudaste y por un…
As the officer breastfed the boy, an onlooker named Marcos Heredia captured a photo of the heartwarming moment. Later, he posted it to social media; the post has since been shared thousands of times.
“I want to make public this great gesture of love that you had today with that baby. You did not care about the dirt and the smell as the professional gentlemen of the hospital said. Things like that are not seen every day.”
Once the security department for which Ayala works found out about the positive deed, they highlighted her kind heart in a Twitter post.
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
They also promoted the officer to sergeant, saying she is the kind of “police we’re proud of” and “the police we want.”
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