Selfless love

A heartwarming story…

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 cheeks. 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.

Is there anyone you would die for?  I know without a doubt I would do anything to save my daughter.

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About Camilla

I once was a caterpillar but when I grew up I found I had the most beautiful wings.
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3 Responses to Selfless love

  1. Rochelle says:

    OMW, you have me in tears with this one.

  2. Camilla says:

    Me too. It’s just too darling

  3. patpatriotagain says:

    unfortunately this story is fictitious. i’ve heard this as a sermon illustration a number of times, even used it once before i checked the veracity of it.

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