The little boy whose allergy got his mom and dad kicked off a plane has lost his terminally ill father to cancer. George Alvarado, 48, lost his battle with esophageal cancer and died on Thursday at a hospice facility, said his wife, Christina Fabian, from her suburban Phoenix home in Arizona.
Like any father, George Alvarado wanted nothing more than to protect his 7-year-old boy from the harsh reality of life, said Christina Fabian according to a March 25 ABC News report. “He was kind to the core — he didn’t have an angry bone in his body. It just hurt him to not be able to protect Giovanni from that.”
There was not much that the father could do for his son in regard to his terminal illness. But in order to leave some precious memories behind for 7-year-old Giovanni, the family took a trip to Washington in February. The family had also hoped to visit Disneyland next month.
No one could have known that the Allegiant Airline plane flight back to Arizona on February 24 would be the boy’s last trip with his dad. Most importantly, none of the other passengers on that flight knew what was happening.
As the Allegiant Flight was getting ready to take off, Giovanni experienced an allergic reaction to a dog causing the flight to be delayed for 90 minutes. When the family was finally escorted off the plane, the passengers clapped.
Looking back, some of the passengers are stating that the clapping was a relief that the boy was receiving medical help and was meant to be supportive. However, Giovanni, his dad, and his mom experienced it differently.
“We were quietly sitting in the back of the plane and were listening to people talk around us,” the boy’s mom said. “It was the flight attendant’s attitude that perpetuated people’s agitated behavior around us. It’s just the comments she had made,” Christina Fabian commented. “I hope the next time they act out and they think of him and his experience and they don’t subject someone else to that.”
“He was making memories with his father. Memories that you have now become part of. He will never forget that you clapped as he deboarded that plane. Thank you for your insulting, ignorant, insinuating comments that minimized my son’s experience and make a horrible memory at the end of my husband’s life. Shame on you for being so cruel. What would you have done if he had stayed silent and died on that flight? What crushed us was that our seven-year-old boy looked at us with tear-filled eyes and said, ‘I’m sorry that I put you through this. This is all my fault’.”
As for the dad who was unable to protect his boy from his allergy or the plane’s delay, he left behind one reminder for people: “Have respect for others because you never know what someone is going through.”