They say that miracles happen every day, but sometimes we never get the chance to experience one. Which is why some people choose not to believe in miracles and convince themselves that this only happens in fairytales.
Love is such a powerful word and this story should be enough to convince you that miracles are real and it doesn’t only happen in fairytales!
Medical experts have always believed that human touch and affection can save lives. In 1995, this was proven to be true when it was actually used in medicine in the United States that saved a life of a premature baby.
The Jackson twins were born in UMass Memorial at Worchester, MA and at 12 weeks premature. They only weighed 2 pounds each. Dad, Paul Jackson, told CNN during an interview in 2013 that the nurses in the NICU were very honest and told him that his twins looked pretty good after they were born but in the next 48 to 72 hours, things can turn very quickly.
When the twins turned three weeks, one of the twins named Brielle was struggling to breathe. Her oxygen levels dropped and her heartbeat was racing. She started to turn blue. The NICU nurse, Gayle Kasparian asked both parents if they would allow her to try something that was never done before. Little did they know that this would change the face of medicine in the entire United States!
Kasparian decided to put the stronger twin, Kyrie, in the same incubator for Brielle to have a skin-to-skin contact or what we call now, “Kangaroo Care.” this was known to be effective in treating premies outside of the United States. To their surprise, Kyrie put her tiny arm over her sister which the press called, the “Rescuing Hug.”
After a while, Brielle’s vital signs and her breathing stabilized!
Kasparian said, “When I put Brielle in with her sister, it was amazing. She immediately calmed down. Her heart rate stabilized and her color changed.”
Before this miraculous moment happened, Brielle and Kyrie were kept apart for fear of infection. This practice was changed since then because of the twins’ experience. It was considered to be historical and quickly changed this policy in medicine.
Dr. Stuart Weisberger of UMass Memorial shared with CNN that this kind of practice was not done in the past because they initially thought that kids were too fragile. But now, they do it not only with babies who are 28 weekers, but also at 23, 24, and 25 weeks. Dr. Weisberger also revealed that they do this even when they are connected to the ventilator breathing machines.
Brielle and Kyrie grew up to be healthy and happy. Two decades later, the twins are all grown up. They shared that they would sometimes randomly Google their story to remind themselves of the powerful influence that they had on both medical and parenting communities. They are closer than ever but they know that their relationship is far more special than the others. They did not only change history, but they also help save other babies who are born after them because of their incredible story.
Thanks to nurse Gayle Kasparian who decided to try something new that turned out to show the entire world the powerful impact of a single touch.