A family’s trip abroad suddenly turned into a costly disaster, until a good Samaritan stepped up to save the day.
The Lopez family, from Lake City, Minnesota, loves to travel, but their recent trip to Costa Rica didn’t go as planned: 3-year-old Axel broke his leg in the foreign country, effectively stranding the family in Central America for months.
With Axel in a cast, the family couldn’t get him on a commercial flight, and an air ambulance would’ve cost them $40,000. Doctors told them it would be six to eight weeks before the cast could come off.
“My husband and I have been through many different things but nothing this serious,” Emmee Lopez told WCCO.
The situation seemed helpless—until the family’s story aired back in the states on WCCO, and it caught the attention of one local viewer who just happened to have the means to help the Lopez family: Wes Converse, the president of Red Wing Aeroplane.
“I looked at my wife and said I think we can help this family,” Converse said.
The stranger came to the rescue in a huge way: he modified one of his planes to accommodate Axel’s injury, and sent it to pick up the family in Costa Rica—free of charge.
“I just felt because this was someone right in our local community, we had the resources to be able to help them,” Converse said. “It just felt that it was the right thing to do.”
The family was thrilled by his act of generosity, and relieved they were finally going home.
“When we both saw that plane we were both in tears,” Emmee said. “We were really excited.”
After a six-and-a-half hour flight, the Lopez family landed in Bay City, where family and friends were there to greet them. They had never been so happy to be home, all thanks to the kindness of strangers.
“I love to travel. I’ve been to a lot of places in the world and I just really took for granted how much we love home,” Emmee Lopez said.
“It’s been really emotional for both of us … we’re really blessed back home.”
“We just felt so overwhelmed and so blessed to have everyone by our side,” Ceslo Lopez said.