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Giving Up Your Life for Others

by Coach Phatty (writer), North Jersey, April 15, 2013

Credit: Lisa Sexton (Wikimedia Commons)
A Little Boy

Many of us would go out of our way to help a friend or family member, but how many of us would give up our life for a person that we love?

We all have friends and family that we love and care for very deeply. We value our time together and the times (whether good or bad) that we share together. All of us have the special need, deep within us, to feel needed and loved by others. It gives our life meaning and makes us feel whole. But here's the question, how many of us would give up our lives to save a family member? Here's a tougher qusetion, how many of us would sacrifice our life for a friend? There is an old saying that goes…”No greater love has no man than to lay down his life for a friend.” Personally, I think that many of us, as adults would be more than willing to do this for a person we love...but what would a child do? The following is a true story that will show us an example of “no greater love”…..

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 & 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 die right away, or how soon?" The boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he would have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

WOW!!......Beautiful.



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Coach Phatty is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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1 comments on Giving Up Your Life for Others

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By Barbara MacDonald on April 19, 2013 at 06:27 pm

I remember reading this story and how much it touched my heart...thank you for posting it here Rich...it truly is a beautiful story. :-)

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