LIFE

20 Years Ago, This Hug Changed The Medical World Forever

by Caroline Bayard
This writer is a New Yorker with wanderlust. She loves good food, music, the beach, and storytelling.

October 17, 1995 is a day Paul and Heidi Jackson — and their doctors — will never forget.

At about six months pregnant, Heidi was rushed to the E.R. to give birth to the couple’s premature twin daughters.

It was a miracle the babies survived, but since they weren’t due for another 12 weeks, the tiny twins needed intensive care and were placed in separate incubators.

While Kyrie began to gain weight, her sister Brielle weighed only 2 lbs. and had a plethora of health problems. Just like in this couple’s heartbreaking story, one of the twins was not expected to live. Then, on November 12, things took a turn for the worst and Brielle went into critical condition.

Desperate to save the newborn, that’s when nurse Gayle Kasparian decided to go against hospital protocol and put Kyrie in the same incubator as her sister. What happened next changed the medical world forever.

We’ve seen how important human contact is for newborn babies before, like in this similar story of one twin brought back to life by her mother’s touch. However, this story, which has been referred to worldwide as the “Rescuing Hug,” was the first time physicians began to focus on co-bedding premature multiples.

Twenty years later, the Jackson twin miracle still fascinates the world. Please SHARE this amazing true story on your Facebook page to remind everyone of the power of human touch!

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