His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish
One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard
cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran
to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified
boy, screaming and struggling to free himself.
Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what
could have been a slow and
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse
surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and
introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had
"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish
replied, waving off the offer.
At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good
If the lad is anything like his father, he'll grow to a man you can
be proud of."
And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming's son graduated
Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become
known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming,
the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the nobleman's son was stricken with
What saved him? Penicillin.
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph
His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.