Of angels, miracles and tough little boys
Each of us has our definition of what constitutes an angel and a miracle, and surely the two came together to give young Samuel McGough back his life.
Sam met his angel last week at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. She gave bone marrow more than two years ago to replace his after his white blood cell count continued to erode.
Also at the celebration were the doctors who applied the miracles of modern medicine to restore this 10-year-old Hartselle lad's health.
If Teresa Best, a nursing student at the University of Alaska, hadn't signed up to be a marrow donor, the reunion may not have taken place. Perhaps someone else would have eventually been a match, perhaps not.
Children's Hospital authorities brought the two together to celebrate his 28-month journey to good health and to highlight the hospital's blood and marrow donor drive.
It's a wonderful story of selflessness and dedication, and of a determined little boy.