“Will I start to die now?” the little boy asked


Robyn, a little girl of ten, was diagnosed as suffering from a rare disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion 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 the little boy and asked him if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath saing; “Yes, I’ll do it if it will make Robyn better.”

As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled together with the rest of his family as they watched the color return to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked in a trembling voice; “Will I start to die now?”

The little boy had  misunderstood the doctor and thought that he would have to give  all his blood to his sister in order to save her.”

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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