21-year-old student Godfrey Coutto, was photographed holding the man with special needs in the middle of a crowded bus (in Ontario), to comfort him.
“Coutto stayed with the man, known only as Robert, for the entire 30-minute bus ride.
Coutto said that Robert held his hand, leaned on him, hugged him and kissed his hands as they sat together.
The anonymous poster of the photo was sitting across from Coutto and Robert.
Coutto said that two nieces and a sister-in-law of Robert messaged Coutto on Facebook after reading about his selfless gesture, and thanked the student for being so kind to Robert.
The family also informed Coutto that Robert suffers from cerebral palsy and is also deaf.
“He had more problems than what I perceived at first,” said Coutto.”
Coutto humbly acknowledged that: “I feel thrilled people are recognizing that I did such a good thing, but it’s not about the recognition. I don’t think I’m a role model or hero, I just hope that I’ve inspired people to do the same thing.”