The doctor arrived at the hospital quickly after being called in for an urgent surgery. He had answered the call asap, changed his clothes and gone directly to the ER. Upon arrival, the doctor found a man pacing the hall, waiting. “Why did you take all this time to come?” the man yelled, “Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have the sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled and said: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came as quickly as I could.… Why don’t you take a seat and try to calm down so I can do my work”
“Calm down?! If your son was in this room right now, would you calm down?” said the father angrily, “If your own son were here dying, what would you do?”
The doctor smiled again and replied: “I will say what Job said in the Bible – “From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of The Lord”. – Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go and pray for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace”
“Giving advice to others is so easy, isn’t it.” Murmured the father.
The surgery lasted for hours. After the surgery was finished, the doctor came of the operating room happy, yelling, “Praise God!, your son is saved!.” Without waiting for the father’s reply, he carried on his way running, and shouted lastly, “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!”
The father was visibly irritated, and asked the nurse, “Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait for a few minutes so I could ask about my son?”
The nurse answered, tears streaming down her face: “His son died yesterday in a traffic accident, he was at the funeral when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish the funeral.”