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This Mom Flew Across The Country Because Her Daughter's Head Hurt And People Love It

"Yes, no matter how old my daughter is, I will always cross the world for her. When I could not do it physically one day, I will surely do it in my heart," the mom told BuzzFeed News.

Posted on March 22, 2018, at 11:47 a.m. ET

Meet 22-year-old Grace Li, a high school biology teacher who lives in New York City, and her mom Shixia Huang, a cancer researcher who lives in Texas. On Friday, Li told her mom that she wasn't feeling well.

Grace Li

"I was at work on Friday afternoon planning to work late that evening," the mom told BuzzFeed News. "Around 4:30, I got a message from Grace telling me that she felt sick."

"I called her and she told me that she had this headache and we also chatted about her day and her weekend plans. I felt that the headache was a bit unusual and that she missed home."

Apparently plane tickets from Texas to New York were "shockingly cheap," Li said. So her mom "left work, went home and packed, and arrived in New York that night."

@gracedli / Via Twitter: @gracedli

People found the mom's spontaneous flight to see her daughter so sweet.

@gracedli this is. the sweetest. thing. I have ever. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

"I was touched by all the responses," Huang said.

@gracedli Moms... there’s nothing like em.

Huang responded to this Twitter comment specifically: "Yes, no matter how old my daughter is, I will always cross the world for her. When I could not do it physically one day, I will surely do it in my heart."

@gracedli It's that invisible umbilical cord. If your mum lives until you are 100 she'll still cross the world for you.

Li is feeling a lot better these days, she said. "I spent the weekend seeing doctors and taking extra-strength Tylenol and watching TV with my mom."

Huang also left her daughter with a parting gift, a cleaner kitchen, and a surplus of food. "Before she left she stayed up the night before cooking so I would have food for the rest of the week!" Li said. "She packed me two lunches and bought tupperware to store all the other food and now my fridge is so full."

Grace Li

"Also, my kitchen is cleaner than I've ever seen it and all my cabinets are organized," she added.

Grace Li


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