Pregnant Woman Who Met Stranger on Plane Offers the Chance to Adopt Her Baby
It was an incredible chance encounter at 30,000 feet.
These women had a chance encounter at 30,000 feet that wound up changing both their lives.
It all started when Samantha Snipes, 24, was eight months pregnant and fleeing what she called an abusive relationship. She was heading to Raleigh from Arkansas when she missed a connecting flight in Atlanta.
She was re-booked and was placed next to Temple Phipps, who was originally booked for a later flight. The two instantly hit it off.
"She was so excited for me being pregnant," Snipes told Inside Edition.
"So she sits down in the middle seat beside me and she's really nervous and anxious. I ask her why and she starts telling me," Phipps added.
Snipes said she had been searching for someone to adopt her unborn child, not knowing that Phipps had been trying to adopt but as a divorcee, she was being rejected by adoption agencies.
At the end of the hour-long flight from Atlanta to North Carolina, the women exchanged numbers.
As fate would have it, Snipes went into labor three days later and called Phipps.
“She said, 'It's Samantha from the plane,’” Phipps recalled. "I said, ‘Is everything okay.' She said, ‘I'm still in Raleigh, I had the baby. Do you wanna come see us?'”
At the hospital, Snipes made a life changing offer, asking if Phipps would be willing to adopt her baby.
"She said, 'I wanted to see you with him and I think you should be his mother,' and I literally started shaking uncontrollably," Phipps said.
Snipes wrote about the chance encounter for the Facebook group, The House of Flynn.
Phipps officially adopted the baby, Vaughn, last August and Snipes moved to North Carolina to be part of this modern family.
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