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He Gave His Right Arm

On March 7, 1952, there was a story in the British Medical Journal discussing an unnamed girl who was suffering from crippling arthritis coupled with a disfiguring skin disease. Her father did his best to find a doctor who could treat his daughter, but nothing was successful. 

He repeatedly told others that “I’d give my right arm” to find a cure for her. As they say, be careful what you wish for.

One day, father, mother, and daughter went for a drive in their car and got into a bad accident.  Dad’s right arm was torn off in the crash.

Amazingly, before dad’s wound had healed, his daughter’s arthritis and skin condition had miraculously disappeared.

Car Accident 1922
Car turns turtle injuring three. 1922 image from Library of Congress.
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