Son is dying after a car accident – then dad discovers who the doctor really is

A poignant lesson in why we should never judge anyone beforehand.


The truth is that it is in humans’ nature to judge others without being aware of what they are going through and what problems they are facing in life. Often times, we forget that every person has their own issues so we fail to show sympathy.

The following story is a poignant example that we should never jump into conclusions without seeing the big picture and trying to walk a mile in the shoes of the person we dare to judge.

A doctor was called to perform an urgent surgery on a young boy.

© Flickr/DFID

The doctor answered the call and came to the hospital as soon as he could. He changed his clothes and rushed towards the surgery block when the father of the boy, who was anxiously pacing in the hall and was waiting for the doctor, said: “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”

The doctor with a calm voice: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came as fast as I could after receiving the call and now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work.”

“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies while waiting for doctor than what will you do??” said the father angrily.  The doctor smiled and replied, “We will do our best by God’s grace and you should also pray for your son’s healthy life”.

“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy,” murmured the father.


After a couple of hours, the doctor got out and told the boy’s father: “Thank goodness! your son is saved!”

As he left the hospital, he added: “If you have any questions, ask the nurse”.

Instead of thanking him for saving his son’s life, the father was angry because the doctor didn’t stay to answer some questions himself. “Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state?” the father commented.

The nurse then answered, while tears came down her face, “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”

© Flickr/Phalinn Ooi

This story emerged on Facebook and we don’t know if it is based on true events or not, but one thing is certain, it rings true in one significant way: when upset, we are quick to lash out at others.

We should never forget to treat everyone with respect, especially doctors an nurses, who help save many lives even when they are going through difficult times themselves.

If this story touched you, please share it with your friends.