The generosity of several strangers helped Kaylee Goemans avoid getting a parking ticket or even having her car towed while she was at hospital with her son Dominic on July 13.
The 27-year-old mother from Barrie, Ontario, Canada, was advised by doctors to take her 6-month-old son to the emergency room after he began having screaming fits lasting up to two hours.
Goemans told Today she parked at a meter on the street and put in enough cash for four hours.
But by the time a doctor was able to see Dominic, three hours had gone by, the Canadian Press reported.
Goemans posted a message explaining her predicament on a local Facebook page for mothers.
“Women just started pouring in, asking what car I drove and where I was parked to put change in for me,” she told Today.
“I’m not far. I can go put change in it for you in about an hour on my way back home if you are still there,” Elisha LeeAnn wrote.
“I live not too far from the hospital. Will head over now and top up the meter for you!” Rachel Banks added.
Stephanie Goguen posted, “2 more hours added no need to worry about that. Give baby a hug from me.”
“I was completely overwhelmed. I was completely grateful,” said Goemans, according to the Canadian Press. “It made a very tough and stressful situation a lot easier for me. It made me able to focus on my son's needs rather than having to worry about my car being towed.”
When Goemans’ mother went to drive home with her son, there were still five hours left on the meter.
Dominic was diagnosed with intussusception, a condition which affects the bowels and causes a blockage of fluids and foods. He is due to undergo a procedure to assist with the pain, and may require surgery.
“Dominic loves to be held and interacted with to take his attention away from his pain. He's so sweet and very brave,” Goemans added.