A photo of officer Celeste Jaqueline Ayala nursing the distressed infant while on duty at the Sister Maria Ludovica Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires on Aug. 14 caught fire on Facebook, racking up 110,000 shares after it was posted by witness Marcos Heredia.
“I want to make public this great gesture of love that you had today with that little baby,” read Heredia’s post, loosely translated from Spanish. “Who without knowing you didn’t hesitate and for a moment you fulfilled how if you were her mother. You don’t care about filth and smell … things like that don’t [happen] every day.”
Hoy recibimos a Celeste, la oficial que amamantó a un bebé en el Hospital de Niños de #LaPlata para notificarle su ascenso. Queríamos agradecerle en persona ese gesto de amor espontáneo que logró calmar el llanto del bebé. La policía que nos enorgullece, la policía que queremos. pic.twitter.com/8aBp0Xj4Zj
— Cristian Ritondo (@cristianritondo) August 17, 2018
Ayala’s name also became a Twitter hashtag as social media users commended her selfless act.According to the Daily Mirror, the baby is the youngest of six children belonging to a struggling single mother.
For her kindhearted actions, Ayala received a promotion from officer to sergeant. Cristian Ritondo, vice president of the legislature of Buenos Aires tweeted the news, writing, (loosely translated on Twitter) “Today we received Celeste, the officer who nursed a baby at the children’s hospital #LaPlata to notify her of her promotion. … The police we’re proud of, the police we want.”