Saturday, March 21, 2009


Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?" Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

And he was willing to do that for her.

~ Author Unknown ~


Tranquility said...

The wonderful thing children does. On the other hand I've seen an adult who refuses to give some of his bone marrow to save his brother's life.. and the 30 year old died in his prime.

masterwordsmith said...

Indeed you are right. I never cease to be amazed by the sincerity and earnestness of little children. Somehow there is such an innocence in their speech and purity in their hearts that few can compare...

I am not surprised with the situation that you shared. Such is life - we have those who give their all, and some who would give none at all - not even to their loved ones.

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Take care and God bless you.