Are you Ready to give Blood?

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at National Hospital, I got to know a little girl named Hana who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.

Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-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 her little brother, and asked the 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 Hana.”

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 boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood.

Inspite of that he was ready to give his blood.

How many times in our life, we are asked to give less than that, still we hesitate?

If all the people in the world were so generous like the little boy, the world would be a better place!!


33 Responses to Are you Ready to give Blood?

  1. Farouk Kamal March 12, 2015 at 3:30 PM #

    You are absolutely right. If all the people in the world were
    so generous like the little boy, the world would be a better place.

  2. Jola Animashaun April 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

    Very heart touching story!
    Many thanks Sara.
    May Allah give you and the entire FFJ team more wisdom.

  3. Ashafz December 16, 2013 at 4:50 PM #

    hi sarah,wat a touching story pls keep up is a good lesson thankz nd God bless.

  4. fathima August 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM #

    fictional yet nice lesson..

  5. Roderick May 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM #

    another great story!
    My dog is Mr Peel

    • fathima August 27, 2013 at 3:16 PM #

      why do you promote your dog name every time?is that a imported dog?

      • Roderick August 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

        Fathima, I simply was giving my dog a little international attention. He is a very old white boxer and truely my best friend. I mean no harm and I guess being a little silly. Admin (Sara) asked me about it and I have refrained from mentioning him lately. I do love my dog, Mr Peel, very much.

        • Ali - Admin August 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM #

          You have freedom of speech Mr.Roderick. 🙂

    • fathima August 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM #

      oh… if that is the case then its perfectly all right..

  6. Mohammed April 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM #

    Thank you Sara, Allah bless you, for such a wonderful story, everyday I have a nice story for my children to tell.
    I have goose bumps on my body while reading it, what a wonderful boy and a great brother. Allah bless these young kids with a long and healthy life -amin

  7. ABDUL MATIN SHEIKH April 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM #



  8. Mohammad Mansour March 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM #

    We should learn that being specific in our statements is a MAJOR and important

  9. Sonah January 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM #

    A powerful theme.Also it may be worth mentioning about the medical and ethical responsibility of a Doctor to take blood from a 5 year child.I t would be safe to assume that the Doctor knew well what he was doing.

  10. Zafar Iqbal September 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM #

    Oh for the sweetness and innocence of a young child!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. BADR September 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM #

    Please help me
    i tried with different ways to make a copy of all stories and keep them in an archeif but i couldn’t
    your page refuse

    you talled me befor to sent the link to my email, i did it, but it mailed only the link!

    how can i get a copy of all storeis?

    thank you for best storeis

    • asif iqbal January 14, 2013 at 6:37 PM #

      u can copy whole web page… in the toolbar under File there is an option save as .. save that page to your desktop… when u will open that page u will be able to copy these stories

  12. Ahmed September 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM #

    Thank for your interesting story it’s a very good lesson for us.

  13. Wasim September 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM #

    Sacrifice for others is one of the basic teaching of Islam.

  14. faisal khurshid July 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

    Respected Sara
    assalam o alaikum

    this story is touching as ur all others.

    May Allah bless you

    • Sara - Admin July 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM #

      Thank you Faisal.

  15. adegoke wahab July 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM #

    mervelous, the family tie will be stronger

  16. Mubarek AL-Amin July 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM #

    caring for other like you care for your self is a charity..

  17. nizamhm1944 July 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM #


  18. Mohammad Shahnoor July 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM #

    No comment is necessary. GREAT!

  19. paddy July 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM #

    i like that it was wooow

  20. Riyaz Ashraf July 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM #

    The intiative to educate about blood donating is really a good one. But the above story that you gave is fully fictional, because the eligibility to donate blood is the donor must be healthy, at least 18 years old and weight at least 45 kgs.

    • Ian July 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM #

      To me Generosity is the main subject of the story and Blood donation was an example.
      Blood banks do make exceptions for those younger than 17 for very special occassions like harvesting blood for cancer reasons or autologous blood transfusions etc

      • Mohammed Ahsan Ali July 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM #

        I think the procedure for blood donation is that they take the blood and then run some tests on it before transfusing it to the other patient…unlike the procedure shown in this story and movies.
        But in any case…good story for kids.

    • hussam aulaian July 26, 2012 at 3:04 PM #

      all of you fail to understand the moral of the story , its the literal meaning its the way that brother wanted to sacrifice to save his sis , you have failed severely to understand that !

      • Ian October 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM #


  21. Engineer June 27, 2011 at 10:04 AM #

    Thanks for the nice story about sharing. Keep it up Sara.

  22. Ali April 12, 2010 at 5:46 PM #