Dec 5, 1998
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford
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 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 Liz."
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 boy had misunderstood the doctor; he
thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his
Attitude, after all, is everything.
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