Inspiration: Dr.Howard and one glass of milk
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Dr. Howard Kelly was a distinguished physician who, in 1895, founded the
Johns Hopkins Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University.
A true incident from his life is given below
One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way
through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry.
He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve
when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a
drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of
milk. 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 from my heart."
As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his
faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.
Year's later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were
baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists
to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly ! 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
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.
Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for
approval. He looked at it, 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 read these words..... "Paid in full with
one glass of milk"
Signed Dr. Howard Kelly. Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart
prayed: "Thank You, God, that Your love has spread abroad through human hearts