One day a little eight year old girl heard her Mom and Dad talking about her little brother’s illness. All she knew was that he was very sick and they were completely out of money. They were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn’t have the money for the doctor’s bills and the house. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and there seemed no hope. She heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation, “Only a miracle can save him now.”
The girl went to her bedroom and pulled out her piggy bank from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Then she slipped out the back door and made her way to the nearby Drug Store. She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment. She twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a coin and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
“What do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. “I’m talking to my brother whom I haven’t seen in ages,” he said without waiting for a reply to his question. “Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” the girl answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really, really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.”
“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.
“My little brother has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now! So how much does a miracle cost?”
“We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,” the pharmacist said, softening a little.
“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.”
The pharmacist’s brother was a soft man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does your brother need?”
“I don’t know,” the girl replied with her eyes welling up.
“I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money”.
“How much do you have?” asked the pharmacist’s brother.
“One dollar and eleven cents,” the girl answered feebly. “And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.”
“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar and eleven cents–the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.” He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said “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.”
That man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in Neuro-surgery. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place. “That surgery,” her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?” The girl smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle costs… one dollar and eleven cents …… plus the faith of a little child.
Source : Real life