Sister Mary: Series 1

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Chapter 7 (v.1)

Submitted: November 03, 2013

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D-Day

Sister Mary followed the family to the hospital. "This can't be it", she told herself over and over again. But she knew that it was. As a Sister of the church, she had failed, and she knew that all she could do now was comfort the family.

At the hospital, she saw Daniel, lying there, in the hospital bed, unconscious, breathing through a ventilator. His mother and father were by his bedside. The doctor then approached Sister Mary.

"There is no easy way of saying this", said the doctor, "but Daniel only has a few days left".

"Is there not anything you can do to help him, or even prolong his life?"

"Unless a miraculous donor comes to the rescue, which is quite unlikely because of the circumstances in the country, then we will not be able to do anything about it".

"And what will happen if a donor does show up?"

"Then, we might, just might, be able to save him and clear the leukemia. But now it's at a really late stage, and there's not much chance of that happening now".

Sister Mary sat down and prayed that there would be some miracle that would save Daniel. If that was too much, Sister Mary prayed that Daniel would at least be looked after.

Suddenly, a thought came into her head. A few days before, the man who was dying had fallen out with his wife. Sister Mary then remembered that this man had donated an "organ" to his wife in order to save her. That man was still in this hospital somewhere, and Sister Mary set out to find him.

She did eventually find him.

"What do you want?" he asked, now gravely ill.

"I want to talk to you about something very important", said Sister Mary.

"What can you possibly say to me? My wife is gone and I'm going to die without her. That is it for me".

"It's not it!" said Sister Mary, quite loudly and forcefully. "I need to know, when you saved your wife's life once, did you donate your bone marrow to her?"

"Yes. Why?" asked the man.

"OK", replied Sister Mary, getting her hopes up, "and what would you say if I told you that you might be able to save a child's life?"

"What benefits are there for me"?

"If you get your records checked to see what type of bone marrow you have, I will find your wife and she will forgive you. You can put all the wrongs right and die with dignity. You can die a happy man, with Valerie by your side!"

"Alright!"

Upon this agreement, Sister Mary rushed back to Daniel's doctor.

"Alright", said the doctor, "it's worth a shot".

Within three minutes, Daniel's doctor found Tony's records - he was a match with Daniel.

"I can't believe it!" cried Sister Mary.

Sister Mary called Tony's wife, to get her to the hospital. She had to explain over the phone to make her listen. Eventually, Valerie arrived just before the surgery, and then persuaded Tony to sign the permission for surgery.

"I forgive you!" cried Valerie, holding Tony's hand before going into theatre.

Within a couple of hours, the operation was complete, and the doctor came out to give Daniel's parents some important news.

"The operation was successful, and they're both alright, but it's not all over yet, as you will both know".

"We know!" cried Tess, "so how long will it take to take effect?"

"Not long. We'll have to keep him in hospital for a while".

A few weeks later, Daniel returned home with his parents - his leukemia was cleared once and for all. Sister Mary was the first to visit him.

"Thank you so much!" cried Tess, "he wouldn't be here today without you!"

Sister Mary almost cried. When she returned to the church, she was quite pleasantly surprised to see Valerie there.

"He died three weeks ago", she said, "and I was by his side all the way to the end. He died with a smile on his face. I want to say thank you for bringing us together again!"

"It's what I do", said Sister Mary, looking towards the sky, "it's what I do!"


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