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.