LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 4, page 1 of 7)

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Chapter 4

During the 1800's there were no antibiotics or medical facilities like we have today. Childhood illnesses were common, and Nikola got very sick with Cholera while he was visiting at his Aunt Stanka's house. He was due to return home and his aunt felt he should stay with her a little longer. There was an epidemic of Cholera in the area.

Nikola replies, "They're waiting for me at home and a good dose of Mark Twain always makes me feel better."

He did go home and he is very ill. A Mark Twain book is on his bed stand.

His father says, "This cholera is consuming you. I've lost one son, I don't want to lose another."

Nikola responds drowsily, "I understand."

"You must get well, and you can follow my footsteps in the Ministry." His father puts his hand on Nikola's head and feels his fever. Nikola sinks into an almost unconscious state. He is undernourished and very lean.

A few days later his father and a doctor are in the bedroom. He is very weak. The doctor examines him and his mother is with them. "I don't know what more I can do for him. He appears to be giving up the fight", says the doctor.

His father replies sadly, "He has so much to live for. His imagination, his brilliant mind".

"Medically, I've done all I can. The rest is up to him," says the doctor.

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