United Airlines captain wins heart after he writes letter to tooth fairy for 6-yr-old

After discovering that Leena lost one of her teeth on her United Airlines flight, the captain, Josh Duchow, wrote a letter to the tooth fairy


                            United Airlines captain wins heart after he writes letter to tooth fairy for 6-yr-old
United Airlines captain Captain Josh Duchow wrote a letter to tooth fairy for a 6-year-old girl who lost her teeth (Photo by laurenelarmon/Instagram)
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After discovering that a 6-year-old girl had lost one of her teeth on a United Airlines trip, the airline captain took action and wrote a letter to the tooth fairy. Lena and her family took a late-night flight from New York to South Carolina, where they were from. Lena's mother, Lauren Larmon, told Fox News Digital that the couple had been delayed for 36 hours after their holiday in Norway.

Exhausted, Lena dozed off on the flight and didn't realize she'd lost her bottom tooth until they landed in Greer, South Carolina, and were on their way to the baggage claim area. When the shocking finding was made, Larmon stated she and Lena were approached by her husband Brian and their son James. Larmon recalled, “We groggily picked Lena up and were walking down to grab our bag. We sat her down, and she realized, ‘Oh, my gosh, my tooth fell out.’ She started crying, saying ‘I have nothing for the tooth fairy.’ You know, she’s tired, she’s six.”

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The family made an effort to return to the aircraft in the hopes that they may find Lena's missing tooth, but they were unable to succeed because the security doors were totally closed. Staff at the airport were limited because it was also quite early in the morning, according to Larmon. However, Lena and Larmon did come into contact with the flight attendants who looked after them on their United Express flight.

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Larmon explained, “They saw Lena upset and asked what happened. A flight attendant said, ‘You know, I think the tooth fairy will understand. It’s not a big deal. I’m sure she deals with this all the time.’ But that didn’t quite do what I guess Lena needed it to do, and she was just really sad.” Larmon said she promised Lena they'd come up with a strategy. Captain Josh Duchow intervened to save the day at that point. He got a piece of paper out of his suitcase and wrote a letter to the tooth fairy.

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Duchow wrote, “Dear tooth fairy, Lena had a tooth fall out on her flight to Greenville, please take this note in place of her tooth.” Lena had wondered if the letter would actually be effective, and everyone had assured her that it would, Larmon remarked. Larmon said, “Everyone should be this kind to kids. Captain Josh just really went out of his way to make a bad situation much better.” 

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Many people reacted to Lena's mother, Lauren's Instagram post. One person commented, "Love this! I am a teacher and I have also written official letters to the tooth fairy for students who lost their lost tooth at school!" "This is so wholesome," another user added. Someone wrote, "We’ve had to write some letters to the Tooth Fairy too!!!" "Loved this story so much!," yet another person remarked.

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Lena put the note and a shiny bead under her pillow when they arrived on June 18, Larmon explained. Later, Lena was surprised to receive a response from the tooth fairy in response to Captain Josh's letter. There was a message below her pillow that read, “Lena, it’s okay. I’ll find your tooth. Keep brushing.” According to Fox News Digital, a spokesperson from United Airlines issued a statement that said, “At United, travel isn’t about just getting customers from A to B, but creating memorable experiences that make customers excited to fly with us. We’re proud to see moments like this that underscore our commitment to going above and beyond for our customers and creating an airline where Good Leads the Way.”

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