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Special needs 4-year-old given epic birthday by plane full of passengers

The parents of 4-year-old Mazzy got a little more than they bargained for when they told an airline crew that it was their daughter's birthday.


Josh Katzowitz


Published May 5, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 10:10 pm CDT

If you’ve ever been on an airplane during your birthday and you’ve wanted the entire roster of travelers to sing you a song, you might relate to what you’re about to see on the video below. Chances are, though, you’re one of the tens of millions of schlubs who have never been bestowed such an honor.

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Of course, you might not be as worthy of the Happy Birthday song as 4-year-old Mazzy.

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Mazzy has spina bifida according to the Facebook page of Brein Bjorson Marzano, her dad. And while traveling home to Pittsburgh after a recent vacation, her older sister, Birkly, suggested the family let the flight attendants know about Mazzy’s birthday so they maybe could gift her with a wing pin.

The Marzano’s got a little more than they requested. Take a look …

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Nice job, Southwest flight attendants. And major props for the birthday candle/call button idea, the toilet paper cake, and the pretzel princess crown.

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Photo via Kevin Dooley/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: May 5, 2015, 9:00 am CDT