A young man in his twenties received an unexpected text message from a woman he didn't know, announcing the birth of a baby. Minutes later, he and his brother arrived at the hospital with gifts for the new parents.
Sending a message to the wrong person is likely to end in an apology or two, following which you might never hear from them again.
But imagine the consequence of mistaking a stranger for a family member and experiencing something genuinely heartwarming in return. This is exactly what happened to the Lashleys nearly five years ago.
[Left] Mark and Lindsey pictured with Dennis and Deorick in the hospital. [Right] The text conversation between Teresa and Dennis. | Photo: facebook.com/deorick.williams | facebook.com/lindsey.hand.94
THE WRONG TEXT
When Lindsey and Mark Lashley welcomed their baby Cason Knox in 2016, the entire family couldn't stop celebrating the happy news. The baby was born in Bainbridge hospital, located in Bainbridge, Georgia.
Everyone, including the new parents, was thrilled. In the meantime, Mark's mother and Lindsey's mother-in-law, Teresa, decided to share the latest updates on the baby in the family group.
She began sending a couple of texts, including the baby's weight and dilation, accompanied by the newborn's picture. However, Teresa had no idea that she had added the number of a stranger in the family group.
On the other hand, 21-year-old Dennis Williams was quick to respond. After congratulating the woman, he told her that she had the wrong number, but neither Teresa nor the other group members seemed to realize what was going on.
The post, which included screenshots of Teresa's text messages, became a viral sensation and has amassed over 83K likes and several comments.
Dennis said that even though he didn't know who they were, he and the boys would like to take pictures with the baby. As the conversation progressed, the young man shared that he would come and visit the new parents in the hospital.
Teresa then gave him the room number, thinking she had shared all the information with a family member. Mark told Daily Mail that his mother had mistaken Dennis for his cousin and thought she had been talking to him all along. He also said:
"The reason it happened was my cousin had a new phone and I guess those boys ended up with her old number."
27-year-old Mark and 26-year-old Lindsey were baffled when Dennis and his brother, Deorick greeted them. The random visitors had come bearing gifts and were delighted to meet the new parents and their bundle of joy.
Mark, an agriculture education worker from Cairo, Georgia, and his wife Lindsey, a paraprofessional educator, realized what had come to pass and why Dennis had shown up at the hospital. Mark also shared:
"I don't think we would have randomly invited them over but we appreciate it and the gifts. You don't hear about much compassion in the news anymore."
As soon as all was figured out, the Lashleys thanked the kind strangers for their sweet gesture. Teresa later shared the incident online, appreciating Dennis and Deorick for their act of kindness.
Netizens leave comments on Deorick William's post about the heartwarming incident. | Photo: facebook.com/deorick.williams
Dennis and Deorick also posted about the heartwarming incident on Facebook. The post, which included screenshots of Teresa's text messages, became a viral sensation and has amassed over 83K likes and several comments.
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