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{HeartTouchers.com}   *The Gift of Skill and Blood* 

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The Gift of Skill and Blood

by Rubel Shelly


Dr. Samuel Weinstein does what many health professionals do that goes above and beyond their duties. He makes trips into parts of the world that are very poor and where specialized medical care is often unavailable. In this case, the heart surgeon from New York was performing an operation in San Salvador.

Weinstein, chief of pediatric cardio-thoracic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, had an eight-year-old patient on the surgical table. The team was already 12 hours into a complex procedure to repair his defective heart.

The surgery had been going well, but the little boy was bleeding more than the doctors would have liked. Because the hospital did not have all the medicines Weinstein could have requested at his customary medical center, he inquired about more blood for him. At that point he was told that no more was available because of his rare blood type. The blood bank was depleted.

Weinstein was told that his patient had B-negative blood - a type shared by only about two percent of the population. The surgeon informed his colleagues that his blood type was also B-negative. And he proceeded to interrupt surgery for about 20 minutes to donate a pint of his own blood. After a couple of bottles of water and a Pop-Tart, the 43-year-old surgeon went back and finished the operation. In a manner I suspect is typical of him, Weinstein declared there was no one on the surgical team who wouldn't have done the same thing.

The young patient, Francisco Calderon Anthony Fernandez of San Salvador, had his surgery on May 11, 2006. He came off his ventilator the very next day and had some lunch with Dr. Weinstein. He continued to recover nicely and has since gone home to be with his family.

"His mother was very happy with me," reported Weinstein in an interview after his mercy trip with Heart Care International, "and she said to me, ?Does this mean that he's going to grow up and become an American doctor?' "

The story of the doctor who saved a boy's life with a gift not only of his skills but of his own blood as well will surely be told to the child repeatedly. One can only hope that the retelling of so wonderful a story will have a positive impact on him. He may not become a doctor, but he can be an unselfish human being.

Take a few minutes to remind yourself of some of the kindnesses invested in your life. Teacher, Scout Master, parent, coach, mentor - all of us have people who were there at critical moments. Be sure to pass along the legacy.

Rubel Shelly

(c) 2006 Rubel Shelly. Used by permission.

Visit: http://www.faithmatters.com to read more of Rubel's writing.


Rubel Shelly has preached for the Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville since 1978. During that time, he has also taught at David Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 20 books, including several which have been translated into languages such as Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Russian. He is married to the former Myra Shappley, and they are the parents of three children: Mrs. David (Michelle) Arms, Tim, and Tom.



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Thought For The Day:

"Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try
nothing and succeed."


Verse for the Day:

"Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to
him it is sin."


Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Never trust a dog to watch your food."


Parent's Thought For The Day:

ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MOTHER : "Again with the stovepipe hat? Can't you
just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"


Coach's Thought For The Day:

"If you lose self-control everything will fall. You cannot function physically or
mentally or in any other way unless your emotions are under control."

Writer's Thought For the Day:

"Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none." --Jules Renard


Deep Thought For The Day:

"Tonight's forecast: dark. Continuing dark throughout the night and turning to
widely scattered light in the morning." -- George Carlin




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Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!

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This Week: "Living Free" by Jeff Williams

http://www.HeartTouchers.com/Inspired_Audio


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Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business

Dear Michael,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me! It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful. My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours was filled with moments to be treasured forever!
Love,
Trisha
Silverhill, AL

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