Florida Uber driver picks up mother with sick newborn, buys her clothes

Payton Beasley, Writer and Editor

On Monday, Belinda Smith, a Uber driver, picked up Nikki Ihus, a mother who had came from Kansas City, Missouri to St. Petersburg, Florida to have her first child, John Henry, who had suffered from a rare birth defect called CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.)

The Uber driver noticed that the mother was a little distraught from her son having a procedure where John Henry could breathe without the help of medicine, and because John Henry was being monitored avidly by nurses and doctors, and it was the last day of a sale at Rhea Lana’s Consignment Shop, in Largo, Florida, so she decided to call a Uber because she didn’t have a car.

The Uber driver, Belinda Smith, picked up Nikki and that was when Nikki decided to tell Belinda the story. They arrived, and Nikki went into the store, and about 10 minutes later Belinda came into the store and told her that she wouldn’t be shopping alone. Nikki said “So we just started picking out baby clothes. It was really fun,” The next thing Nikki knew, she went to the register and Smith handed her a huge bag of clothes. Nikki gave Belinda a huge and started to cry. According to Nikki, it made her day. Ihus introduced Smith to John Henry to Smith on Wenesday. Smith said “He’s so beautiful,”

John Henry is expected to make a full recovery, but he will in the hospital for at least another three months. Smith and Ihus had already planned on going to Disney World when Ihus returned to Florida next.

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