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Post By @CubaWindow

A Translation of the original article “Give and Lose Life” published in La Joven Cuba (Young Cuba)

Many years ago, when I was working as a volunteer at a Stanford Hospital, I met a little girl named Liz, who had a strange illness. His only chance to recover was a blood transfusion from his 5-year-old brother, who had survived the same disease and developed the antibodies needed to fight it.

The doctor explained the situation to the girl’s brother, and asked if she would be willing to give him her blood. I saw him hesitate for a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I will if that saves Liz.”

While the transfusion was done, he was lying on a bed next to his sister’s, very smiling, while we watched them and we turned the color back to the girl’s cheeks. Suddenly the little one turned pale and his smile disappeared. He looked at the doctor and asked in a trembling voice, “At what time will I begin to die?”

He had not understood the doctor: he thought he would have to give all his blood to his sister. And yet he had accepted.

Give everything for those you love. Love as you have never done. Do not despise the friendship of your friends. Live each day with faith, love and peace.