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A simple act of random kindness from a thoughtful cab driver turned a Singaporean mother’s trip to the hospital a memorable one.
When Izzah Lina hailed a taxi from cab company Comfort on Thursday morning to bring food for her husband and hospitalized son Irfan, she did not expect to encounter such an unusually courteous cab driver.
The Chinese driver, who picked her up from Woodlands MRT Station to go to the National University Hospital, reminded her to safely buckle up and carefully hold her baby Norris.
Making conversation, the taxi driver asked Lina why she was traveling early to NUH. She then told him that her son was under observation for Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis (EGE), a very rare auto-immune disease of the gastrointestinal tract characterized by crampy abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding and weight loss. The disease, which was first diagnosed from her younger son, has an unknown cause and has no cure. They talked about the challenges caused by the illness and other things surrounding the subject.
Lina would describe her ride as a pleasant journey on her Facebook post later that evening, not only for the driver’s politeness and the heartfelt conversation, but for the generosity he would soon exhibit.
When she took out her wallet to pay for the $23 fare, the driver politely declined to accept it.
When the surprised passenger insisted on paying, the cab driver gave a thoughtful response:
“No please. This disease is not easy, I know. You keep that money. I hope it makes things easier for you.”
While Lina thanked the driver, she regretfully noted that she forgot to ask for his number.
“That ride gave me hope again. Humanity does exist. And God ease your burdens in ways you wouldn’t expect Him to,” she wrote on her post. “Thank you uncle. I hope you made $2,300 today.”