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SON GIVES HIS LIFE BLOOD TO SAVE MOTHER.
Seattle, Wash., July 17 The
surgeon took one lbok at the face
of the woman on the bed.
"Quick!" he said. "An ambu
lance!" The dying woman Was taken
to the Seafde General hospital.
With her went her only son.
When the operating table was
reached the surgeon looked ques
tioningly into the eyes of the
"Will I do?" the son asked.
"You'll have to do!"
For a long time Mrs. Mary E.
IW motorman, had known that an
operation was inevitable. For
ears she had suffered from a
curious phase of anaemia, which
a score of physicians had failed
to diagnose correctly. Stripped
of technical verbiage, the phase
- may be thus described: An acid
had crept intb Mrs. Bates' veins
an acid which corroded and
pierced th walls of the veins, so
th?t the blood escaped and show
ed in blotches beneath the skin.
Dr. Speidel was called to per
form the operation.
"We must find a young man in
perfect health," he said, "who will
De wining to give us nis Diooa.
For only by transfusion of heal
thy blood into the veins of the
patient can she be saved."
The search began. Money in-'
ducements were offered. It is not
strange that the candidates were
few. And Dr. Speidel was hard
to please. For the applicant must
have exactly the right kind of
blood blood that would assimi
Then, last Friday night, while
her husband was at work, Mrs.
Bates collapsed. With her were
Jier son, William A. Bates, an ac
countant, and the housekeeper.
The patient's face was blood
less. ,, She was in that state of
coma which is the threshold of
"You'll have to do!" snapped
the surgeon to the son.
Without an instant's hesitation
the son stretched himself on the
operating table beside his moth
er. Doctors and nurses flocked
around, a-quiver with profession
al interest in this rarest and most
spectacular of operations.
"No anesthetic was administer
ed, for that wouldv lessen the
heart action. As for the woman,
she was so near death as to be
impervious to pain. But the sqn-
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