New Delhi: Hailed as hero for her heart-touching gesture of coming forward to breastfeed a malnourished baby, a police officer in Argentina has been promoted after a picture of her kind act went viral on social media.
Officer Celeste Jaqueline Ayala, who was on duty at a children's hospital, saw a neglected infant cry in hunger. She asked the hospital staff if she could hold the baby and nurse him, the Mirror reported.
The baby began to calm down as soon as he was fed. The incident took place last week at the Sor Maria Ludovica children's hospital in Buenos Aires.
Onlooker Marcos Heredia clicked the picture and shared it on Facebook, where it soon went viral. Ayala has been praised for the act of kindness and her name has been turned into a hashtag on Twitter.
The vice president of the legislature of Buenos Aires, Cristian Ritondo, has promoted her from police officer to sergeant for her "gesture of spontaneous love."
"Today we received Celeste... to notify her of her promotion. We wanted to thank you in person for the gesture of spontaneous love that managed to calm the baby's cry," he wrote in a tweet on August 17.
The Bomberos Voluntarios Berisso fire brigade, where Ms Ayala volunteers, has also written a post to congratulate and praise her.
"Actions like that of this cadet fill us with pride and force us to redouble our efforts, and work in solidarity with our community," they wrote.
"It was a sad moment, it broke my soul seeing him like this, society should be sensitive to the issues affecting children, it cannot keep happening," she said to Cronica, according to the New York Post.