A police officer who breastfed a “malnourished and dirty” baby that was brought into a Argentinian hospital while she was on duty has been hailed a hero for her selfless act.
Celeste Ayala was on guard at the Sor Maria Ludovica children’s hospital in Buenos Aires when the baby was brought in screaming and crying.
Ms Ayala asked medics for permission to feed the boy because hospital workers were overloaded with work and she could see hungry he was.
She told reporters in Argentina: “I noticed that he was hungry, as he was putting his hand into his mouth, so I asked to hug him and breastfeed him.
“It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this, society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children, it cannot keep happening.”
Ayala’s friend, Marcos Heredia, took the photograph and shared it online. It went viral and amassed more than 68,000 likes and 94,000 shares.
Ayala has been praised by millions who saw the photo especially for not discriminating against the child who hospital staff described as “dirty.”
However, the word spread and even reached the ears of the vice president of the legislature of Buenos Aires, Cristian Ritondo, who promoted her from police officer to sergeant for her “gesture of spontaneous love.”
“Today we received Celeste… to notify her of her promotion. We wanted to thank you in person for the gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby’s cry,” he wrote in a tweet on August 17.