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Eight-year-old Tess heard her parents talking about her little brother Andrew. She realized something was wrong. Andrew was very sick, and they did not have enough money for his treatment. Tess heard her daddy say, “Only a miracle can save him now.”
Tess went to her bedroom and retrieved a jar from its hiding place. There were a few coins in it. She counted them carefully. She then made her way to the drug store. The pharmacist was too busy to pay attention to her. “And what do you want?” he asked, annoyed at her persistence. “Can’t you see that I am talking to my brother? He is here from Chicago.”
Tess persisted, “My brother’s really sick …….. and I want to buy a miracle. His name is Andrew. He has something bad growing inside of his head and my daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So, how much does a miracle cost?” Tess rambled.
The pharmacist’s brother, a well-dressed man, stooped down and asked the girl. “What kind of miracle does your brother need?”
“Don’t know,” replied Tess, eyes welling up with tears. “I just know Mommy says he needs an operation.But my daddy can’t pay for it. So, I want to use my money.”
The man from Chicago asked, “How much money do you have?”
“One dollar and eleven cents,” said Tess.
“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man.
“One dollar and eleven cents is the exact price of a miracle for your little brother.” He took her money in one hand and grasped Tess’s hand in the other. “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.”
The well-dressed man was Carlton Armstrong, a neurosurgeon. He operated on Andrew without charging any money. It wasn’t long until Andrew was home and well again. “I wonder how much the surgery cost?” said Mother.
Tess smiled to herself. She knew exactly how much the miracle cost— one dollar and eleven cents…. plus the immense faith of a little child.
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