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Courage - A Boy's Sacrifice - Story
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:22:07 AM »
VALUES:  Love; Courage

STORY:    This true story of love and courage is told by a nursing sister who worked at the Stanford Hospital in England. She tells how she got to know a little girl named Lisa who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.

Her only chance of survival appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five- year-old brother who had miraculously survived the same condition a year or so before. His immune system had, as a result, built up antibodies to fight the disease. The doctor explained the situation to the little boy and asked him if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for just a second, took a deep breath and said: “Yes. I’ll do it if it will save Lisa.”

So the transfusion began with brother and sister lying in beds next to each other and everyone was thrilled to see the immediate positive effect on Lisa as the colour began to return to her cheeks. Then they noticed that the little boy had become a little pale and his smile had faded.

Concerned, they asked him what was wrong? In a trembling voice, he replied: “Will I start to die soon now?” Instantly, the adults realized that, being so young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor. He thought that he would have to give his sister all his blood and that he would then die as a result. In spite of this, he was prepared to sacrifice himself to save her.


Courage is not when you are not scared. Courage is when you are scared, but you still act according to your values. This little boy lived the value of selfless love, which is putting the needs of others before your own, sacrificing something of yours to give it to someone else who needs it more.

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