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The Way We Treat People – Giving When It Counts…..

April 30, 2009


A volunteer at a hospital got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & 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.

They 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 but he had chosen to save her anyway.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. lviss permalink
    April 30, 2009 4:08 AM


  2. Sue permalink
    April 30, 2009 9:18 AM

    Yeah, that would have been nice to explain to the poor kid he wasn’t going to die! But, that was awfully brave of him.

  3. April 30, 2009 10:04 AM

    That’s really brave.
    I wonder how he felt afterwards. He probably had that thing where you feel like you float up on a bubble, but your stomach stays in the same place.

  4. April 30, 2009 10:10 AM

    Oh how cute and nice. Yes, I agree with Sue, it should have been way better explained to him.

  5. April 30, 2009 12:12 PM

    Unconditional love! The best! 🙂

  6. April 30, 2009 12:27 PM

    I totally agree that it should have been explained to him better for sure!!

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