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Giving when it counts

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.

{ 31 comments… add one }
  • Andre Shaw September 30, 2020, 9:26 am

    This needs to be some type of book. I don’t read passages or books and I thought this was very interesting.

  • Manny November 13, 2014, 1:18 pm

    This story is cool and interesting

  • ASHANTI November 13, 2014, 12:39 pm

    I think the story was sad because the brother helped the sister by giving some of his blood to her

  • Oreo August 27, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Wow that was amazing. That was so sweet it made me and my sis cry so hard. God should bless those with such a kind heart.

  • Pranitha August 22, 2013, 6:51 am

    Compassion and innocence…The two virtues that are present in their purest form in the kids.

  • Raghu March 26, 2013, 6:28 am


  • Charm ♥ December 26, 2012, 10:07 pm

    Such an innocent mind made a great decision. ☺

  • Sagar Patel September 3, 2012, 7:20 am

    Awesome and Heart Touching story. Really Kids are one form of God.

  • Khalid Shaikh August 3, 2012, 1:35 am

    Wow it’s wonderful.

  • Pastor John June 17, 2012, 6:20 am

    This boy is an example of a selfless character, ready to give up his life to save his sister’s life…… Shows Jesus love….!

    Great & awesome story……

  • Dharmesh Patel May 25, 2012, 2:34 am

    Very nice story. Like it so much.

  • Mapula Mpashe February 13, 2012, 10:36 pm

    I just wish.

  • Shan February 6, 2012, 4:59 pm

    A very touching story.

  • monika February 6, 2012, 1:43 am

    CUTEST story i’ve ever read…

  • Borneill January 24, 2012, 2:27 am

    WHAT A NICE STORY, simple but inspiring.

  • Asasira Hilary January 17, 2012, 3:12 am

    It is so touching. Great story.

  • Jayne83 January 7, 2012, 5:10 am

    Jesus said we should be like the little ones… He really knew what He meant…giving without a single thought for your self…great story and real inspiring…so innocent, loving and pure heart.. make mine that way, O Lord

  • Shaina Pescadera January 3, 2012, 9:05 am

    What an amazing brother… is that he can sacrifice his own life just for her daughter…… a salute for that little boy

  • Vincent October 2, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Wow, he was willing to give his life for his sister

  • Jo September 19, 2011, 6:25 am

    No wonder this line fits so much here.. “bacchhee maaannn kkkeee saacchhee”.. 🙂

  • Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011, 3:51 am

    brother’ love………………………………stronger

  • Meenu Nasa April 28, 2011, 11:36 pm

    kids are like a pearl as pure as beautiful.

  • Kalidoss December 12, 2010, 5:49 am

    What a great story! It’s a lesson for us from the little boy.

  • Angie Lollar November 15, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Awe…..that is the SWEETEST thing I have ever heard!!!

  • Dr Pramod Arora September 2, 2010, 1:43 am

    How pure we are as kids become ADULTerated as we grow.

  • Zogu i trembur May 12, 2010, 1:59 pm

    The story made me cry! thinking how extrem and wide a human can be – compasion to save life and cruel to take lives

  • Jody April 29, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Awww that’s so cute.

  • TySawn March 11, 2010, 11:09 pm

    the innocent yung’uns have it all…its the older ones who always seem to focus on the negative.

  • Nice September 14, 2009, 12:22 am

    Wow, what a great story.

  • Murali May 4, 2009, 6:15 am

    Blessed are those who have a tender heart so generous and yet very innocent.

  • Kanaka Swetha April 3, 2009, 9:45 pm

    Great story..

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