Sunday, January 18, 2009

Giving Blood

I gave blood the other night. It was about 7:00PM. I was tired and ready to settle in. Right about then my husband asked me out on a date. I thought he was kidding.
"I'll take you out for dessert", were his actual words. It ended up that we had cookies and juice!

Really good story...

Giving Blood
Giving Blood many years ago, when I worked as a transfusion volunteer at Stanford Hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a disease and needed blood from her five-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 Liza."
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 her all his blood.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, Christine, that story made me cry!

    Can you just imagine, a little boy thinking that if he gave all his blood to his sister to cure her, he'd die - but he did it anyway. What a sweetheart!


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