Special needs man comforted by stranger

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Special needs man comforted by stranger

A sweet photo taken in Hamilton, Ontario, has now gone viral capturing one man’s act of kindness towards a complete stranger in need. 

A post from Only in Hamilton Facebook page shows Godfrey Cuotto, a 21-year-old student from McMaster University, holding hands with a special needs passenger, named Robert, on a local bus earlier this week.

Cuotto told radio station Kiss 92.5 he was heading home from a burrito place downtown with his friends when he entered a packed bus.

Robert, who was sitting near the front of the bus, instantly grabbed Cuotto’s hand and wouldn’t let go. At first, the 21-year-old thought he was being pranked but soon realized that Robert was overwhelmed by the crowded bus. Cuotto ended up staying with Robert until the very last stop.

Throughout the 30-minute bus ride, the man leaned on Cuotto, hugged him and even kissed his hands, according to the Huffington Post.

“I just allowed it, like, what I am going to do?” Cuotto told the Hufffington Post. “Sometimes you just have to be selfless and put someone else’s needs above yours.”

Robert’s family contacted Cuotto through Facebook and revealed that Robert suffers from cerebral palsy and is also deaf. They thanked Cuotto for comforting their uncle during the bus ride, reports the Huffington Post.

But behind Cuotto’s act of kindness is a great mother. 

He told Kiss 92.5 he was “raised by a queen.”