Short Stories for Kids – Appu saves Penicillin

Short Stories for Kids – Appu saves Penicillin


I wonder what’s keeping Neena and Tiger. They are usually here by this time! Oh, I’m sure they’ll be here any minute. Hello… (PANT, PANT) Appu! (PANT, PANT) Easy buddy! Why did you run so fast? Where’s Neena? Neena is sick! The doctor says she will not be able to come play for some days. she wanted me to give you this message. Sick?! How? What happened to her? Something called ‘fever’. She’s been in bed since yesterday. I’d better rush back! Hmm… her throat infection is pretty severe. That’s what’s giving her a high fever. Oh dear! But no worries! Infections can be treated successfully! All thanks to Alexander Fleming, the scientist who invented the antibiotic, Penicillin. I’m going to put her on a three day course of Penicillin. Mom… Sweetheart! She’ll sleep for some time now… I’ll run to the store for some supplies. Neena’s mother will be gone for a while! I’ll go see her now! Hmm… Penicillin. The doctor said it was invented by Alexander Fleming. And also that this will make Neena better in three days! Couldn’t Mr. Alexander invent a drug that would make Neena better at once? Well, we could ask him! What? Oh no! Not one of your ‘back into the past’ missions! Oh, no, no, no! Sorry! I didn’t mean to startle you, Sir! Who…who are you? I’ve come from the 21st century to meet you. You will not know it now but it would save a million lives in the future! And also help people suffering from infections…like our friend Neena! I request you sir, to have another look at the samples you were about to throw. I don’t believe this! How could I have missed something this monumental! You see those spots?They are disease causing bacteria! The blob in the centre must have some special properties. See the area around it? It’s totally clear! This means that the mould destroyed the bacteria! Precisely! This special substance from the mould can be used to kill bacteria that cause deadly infections! YAY!! What should we name it? How about Penicillin? We need lots of penicillin to completely destroy the infectious bacteria or it keeps growing back! I’m unable to find a way to grow it in such large quantities! Oh no!!! It would be a disaster for the world if this research is abandoned! Doctors would not be able to treat infections! So many people would suffer. And Neena would not get better! I have to find someone else to continue the research! Ahem… Excuse me…Dr. Howard Florey! These are Penicillin vials. What? You mean…Alexander Fleming’s research samples? Yes! I request you Sir… please find a way to grow more of it. Penicillin is one of the most important discoveries of this time that would save so many people from suffering and dying in the future. I’ve been so fascinated by Alexander’s discovery! Do you know how many people die every year because we don’t have a treatment for their infections? Penicillin can change all of that! I thank you from my heart Appu! You have saved Penicillin! That’s our friend Neena. She is down with an infection! But will be fit and fine soon! All thanks to Dr. Alexander and Dr. Florey! I’m so happy today! Mom allowed me to come out to play! Finally! Mr. Yogic Elephant here has a hand in my recovery! Tiger told me if it wasn’t for you, Penicillin would not have been successfully made! So, thank you Appu!

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