Alex Hamberge​r got sick back in March at the same time he was going to visit his six-month-old niece Mia, WIVB reported. This was no pathetic little cold; Hamberger came down with a Haemophilus Influenzae bacterial infection​, which sounds bad and is, apparently.

Posted by Alex Hamberger on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Consequently, Hamberger had to reschedule his trip from New York to Kansas and you know what that means: airline fees. Instead of suffering through disease and a $200 charge to change his flights, Hamberger sent a letter—a literal paper letter—to American Airlines. It's a good letter, that Mashable snagged a full copy of.

American Airlines Customer Relations

4000 E. Sky Harbor Boulevard

Phoenix, AZ 85034

Dear Most Kind and Benevolent American Airlines Customer Service Staff Member,

I write to you with the hopes that you may take mercy on me and afford a little sympathy for this flyer who was taken quite ill and had to postpone his trip to see his beloved niece.

Beloved niece is cute niece.