"GMA" celebrates the heroes who rose to challenges on the front lines, in the classroom, in their communities and beyond amid the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
Teacher Luciana Lira went above and beyond for one of her students and his family. The mother of one of Lira's 7-year-old students, gave birth to a baby, but could not care for him as the mother, the baby's father and brother all have the novel coronavirus, according to ABC News affiliate WABC. Lira teaches English as a second language at Hart Magnet Elementary School in Stamford, Connecticut.
The mother was reportedly gravely ill and intubated for several weeks. She is now home but recovering.
In a Facebook post from April 17, Lira's friend, Joy Colon wrote that the teacher had received a call from the mother while she was in labor. It was the baby's father who asked Lira if she could take the baby in.
"And of course, Luciana did. She had only known this family since the beginning of the school year, and it was only because their 7-year-old was her student. They were virtually strangers to one another. And yet, my friend did what truly good people do. She said yes," Colon wrote.
According to WABC, Lira will continue to care for the baby until the family tests negative for the virus. "It's an amazing experience, I'm so glad that mom called me and asked me for help and she was able to trust me," Lira said.
As the teacher cares for the baby, she continues to teach remotely.
"We're all at home, working and groping for an understanding of this new normal that caught all of us off guard," Colon wrote. "But this unselfish act reminds us that our humanity makes us all essential ... to each other. How will each of us respond when we are asked to simply show up and help. The nurses at the hospital asked my friend if she was the mother’s sister, or perhaps, a cousin as she was listed as the primary contact, Luciana Lira responded, 'I'm just a teacher.'"
Editor's note: This was originally published on May 1, 2020.