Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lessons On How To Treat People

Giving When it Counts:

This was sent to me in an e-mail. This did not happen to me.

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.

Most importantly...'Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching.'


6 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

I had a lump in my throat with that one Patty.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Really...nice post.

Merle said...

Dear Patty ~~ I love this one and have it on my files. Lovely story. I can't imagine waiting in line for almost an hour. Ten minutes is about the usual, and is enough.
Good luck with your blood tests and I hope they turn out OK. Glad you enjoyed the funnies etc. I have been busy making heaps of meals to go in the fridge and freezer
and some for my friend. So I am tired, but hopefully will sleep well tonight.
I hope you do also, Takr care, Love, Merle

Melinda said...

kids are precious

Renie Burghardt said...

Very nice story, and good advice.

I hope all is well. Have a good night, Patty.

Renie

Rosy said...

This little story gave me a special kind of a touch.

Nice story with a strong message