Charlie and Mary
Charlie was a typical kid and his twin sister was just the same as sisters everywhere. They picked fights yet loved each other and would face any outside threat together, even illness.
One day when Charlie was nine he got sick. He got so very sick he nearly died. His sister sat with him as long as the nurses would allow and held his hand. Mary told him all the fun things they would do together when he got better. Charlie smiled and made suggestions of his own.
Eventually Charlie did get better. He got stronger every day until he was running and jumping and doing all the crazy things his sister had said they would do together. Life was good for them as a family.
And then one day Mary also got sick from some childhood disease. She became weak and pale and could not walk or eat much. The doctors were not sure if she would live. The doctors discussed options and decided that Charlie’s blood was a very good match for Mary and would make her better.
The doctors called Charlie in to talk with him alone. They said “Charlie, your sister will die unless we do something very soon. Would you be willing to give your blood to her?” Charlie looked down with his lower lip trembling for a moment then shrugged, looked up, grinned as only a cocky nine year old can and said “Sure Doc. I’ll give her my blood”.
The next day they brought Charlie and Mary into the operating room. They started the transfusion and as Charlie watched his sister he smiled at her. Mary’s color became pinker and she seemed to be gaining strength as Charlie’s blood flowed into her.
Charlie gave the doctor one of his cocky grins and asked “Hey Doc? Will it hurt when I die?” The doctor was shocked. It seemed he had not explained the procedure well enough to Charlie. The trembling lip he had seen Charlie had yesterday was from his thinking he was giving up his own life for his sister to live.
The doctor smiled at Charlie and said “I don’t know Charlie but, you’re not going to die today or for many years I hope. We are just going to share some of your blood with your sister so she can get as healthy as you are.” Charlie and Mary both smiled at this news.