A true history

Fleming was a poor farmer who lived in Ayrshire (Scotland). One day, while doing his day's work, he heard a call for help coming from the nearby swamp. He dropped his tools to run there and he found a young boy stuck in the swamp up to his waist, frightened, crying and trying to free himself.
The farmer saved the young lad from what would have been a slow and cruel death. The next day a grand carriage drew up at the farm. A very well dressed gentleman got out and introduced himself as the father of the boy that the farmer had helped.
"I would lke to reward you," said the gentleman. "You saved my son's life!"
"I can't accept payment for what I did!" replied the Scottish farmer.
At that moment the farmer' s son, about ten years old, came to the door of the shack.
"Is he your son?" asked the gentleman.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"Then I am going to suggest a deal," said the gentleman. "Allow me to give the same education for your son as my son has. If your son is anything like you, his father, I am sure that he will become a man of whom both us will be proud. " And the farmer accepted.
Fleming's son attended the best schools and he graduated from the School of Medicine at St Mary' s Hospital, London. Attracting a huge following, he went on to become well known all over the world. In 1927 the famous Doctor Alexander Fleming had, in fact, discovered penicillin. Some years later, the son of the gentleman who had been rescued from the swamp developed pneumonia.
What had saved life this time? Penicillin.
What was the name of this gentleman? (the benefactor) It was Sir Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill and his son (who had been saved) was Sir Winston Churchill.

Sir Winston Churchill and Sir William Alexander Fleming remained friends throughout their lives. Sir Alexander Fleming died in 1955 at the age of 74 in London. Sir Winston Churchill die d in 1965 at the age of 91 in London. They are buried in the same cemetery. 

Carpe Diem

Life is full of surprises...that's what makes it so beautiful :-) (nt)
03/30/2009 - 23:27
03/31/2009 - 00:34
As with Newtonian laws of physics, the Buddhist law of Karma states that for every action there will be an equal reaction, commensurate with the intentions of the original act.  Good begats good and evil begats evil.  Thanks Doc, for sharing this great lesson on good karma . Karma is more informally viewed in the climbing community as being respectful of nature and doing good deeds for others in the wilderness so that good luck and safety will be returned to you when needed.
We truly do reap, what we sow! nt
03/31/2009 - 05:54
Thanks for the wonderful story, Doc.
03/31/2009 - 07:18
I agree with everyone about life having wonderful surprises.   However, these surprises are really the results of what you have done (Karma?). Kazumi
Great Story...it's always amazing what can happen
03/31/2009 - 07:43
when children are given an education and chance in life.  Thanks for this uplifting story Doc!  BR, Dan
wise to return a good natured favour. thanks, doc. amazing story......
03/31/2009 - 09:54
and a great story of friendship that inspires.
Thanks Doc for the nice story! (nt)
03/31/2009 - 14:23
Thanks Doc. We live in a world of 24/7 news mostly
03/31/2009 - 15:18
very negative. Showing the greed, cruelty and avarice of our societies. It is uplifting to be reminded that there is great goodness that also resides in mankind, for this reminder, thank you thank you thank you. John
Sorry, but it's not a true story
03/31/2009 - 18:52

Doc, This is a well known internet legend that is untrue.  Churchill and Fleming did not cross paths in childhood; Churchill's father had nothing to do with Fleming's education; and when Churchill developed pneumonia (in Cairo), he was treated with sulfa drugs, not penicillin.

The story is so touching that I shared it with my wife, who took great glee in being the one to discover that it's a hoax. Two lessons:

(1) Believe nothing you see on the Internet without corroborating evidence.

(2) Inspiring stories are best told as legends.  When history is corrupted to inspire, we tend to discard the inspiration in our rejection of the lie.


This is even better!
03/31/2009 - 20:51
It's funny, I was reading the story and wondered if it was all true, but was too lazy to diligence the facts on the internet... The story made me happy, but the fact that it's false made me even happier (don't ask me why, I started laughing out loud in my office when I read your post!). I guess I'm laughing at my gullibility, and happy that you saved me from going telling to other people and having to be corrected!  Cheers,  Francois
Re: Sorry, but it's not a true story
03/31/2009 - 21:53
Yes its a great story, sort of like the "Old Henry" stories in American literature but some fact checking would have revealed it as fictional. There is no record of any of these events in any of Churchill's biographies especially the one by his official biographer, Martin Gilbert. Park is correct, Churchill was treated with Sulpha, not penicillin. Oh, well, its a good yarn. Regards, Joseph
Bravo, Mats! Out of all Loungers, you're the biggest Churchill fan...
03/31/2009 - 23:27

And came up with a wonderful Churchill plot Take that into account and you will see that his post was meant to stir some discussion and thinking

Thanks all of you
04/01/2009 - 00:44
for your kind reaction. I, as a professional, of course know the facts chronoligogical are not correct, and it's probably a mixture of episodes. but most of you have understood the message. BTW both knew each other well and WSC often had a second opinion by Fleming. The penicillin was discovered 1928. In Lord Moran's book, 'A Struggle for Survival 1940-1965', which was released only one year after WSC death,  Fleming is named at several places. This is a disgusting book, written by Churchills 'official' doctor, as Prime Minister. Lord Moran lost all his dignity by editing  that book. Intersting, but most of it is made up afterwards, several other sources says that Moran knew very little about the health of WSC, he often came some days after and nearly always did leave the treatment to other Doctors.. He seemed more social than being a good doctor and staff members were very disturbd by him. Anyhow glad you liked the little tale. It's the thought that counts. Yours Doc
Wise words Doc
04/01/2009 - 01:06
it's the moral of the story that counts.  thanks for posting, as I said it made me smile/chuckle twice Cheers,  Francois
Shame on you Doc for fooling me the day before April 1st :-)
04/01/2009 - 09:34
Shame on me if I fall for it again a second time But I still believe in karma, the moral of the story, and the potential of children when they are given the opportunity. Have a great April Fool's Day!  Best Regards, Dan
If the farmer didn't save the young boy,...
04/01/2009 - 03:57
we all would probably have to speak German today.  Not bad either. Regards Ling
04/01/2009 - 19:21