A true story about Dr. Howard Kelly a distinguished physician from John Hopkins University

One day, a young boy was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, he found he had only one rand left, and he was very hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house he came across. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked her for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk instead.

He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."

He said, "Then I thank you."

As the boy left the house, he not only felt stronger physically he felt mentally stronger and rejuvenated, he had been ready to give up and quit school.

Many years' later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

The young man who had now grown up and had become a doctor was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won and she was finally healthy. The doctor requested the hospital office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it and then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:

"Paid in full with one glass of milk"

 


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I believe that kindness and love always win. I have many ways to start with kindness. I was having a hard time financially when my best friend died and I was going to miss his funeral because I couldn’t afford a plane ticket. My teacher paid for the ticket without me even asking and will not let me repay him. I have never been so grateful. I made a song for my voice compiled with love, joy and peace.

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01/18/2017 12:13am

I'm glad that this story ended good! Wish her a lot of health!

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02/16/2017 1:02am

It's a great story. I am glad I've found it here. Kindness is very important.

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