Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Little Boy's Selfless Love


--by Clueless, posted Aug 5, 2009

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a lovely little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare life threatening disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had somehow 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.

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Readers Comments

Ruth wrote: Awwww the little boy wanted to risk his life for his sister.
Eva wrote: That was so good i love that
Pablo Ludena wrote: Awsome. I love it! 👍👍👍👍👍👌
martha k wrote: Wow! Amazing sibling!
zoe wrote: Man little kids are the best
Lauren wrote: Wow! A very touching story! Thank you god for siblings even though they can be annoying
Gwen wrote: This is a great story. 😀😀😀😀😁😁😂🤣😃😄🤗🤗🙂😊
William wrote: This story has grown arms and legs over time and has been attributed to many doctors and nurses. Sometimes the roles change - a sister's love for her brother. What is the original source?

It certainly touches the heart and is an example of john 15:13 - 'greater love hath no man (or in this case a child) than this, that (he) lay down his life for his friends. '

John Halo wrote: I've read this story many times at many different sites over the years. It is always inspiring and always brings tears to my eyes.
twinkle wrote: That story really touched a place in my heart.

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