In 1995, a medical miracle was discovered. Identical twin girls Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born on October 17, 1995, a full 12 weeks ahead of their due date, weighing only 900gms.
The standard practice, that time, at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, where the twins were born was to place them in separate incubators in order to reduce the risk of infection.
So, both babies were placed in separate incubators. Kyrie, who weighed 2lbs 3 oz, was making good progress and gaining weight, but her tiny sister had breathing and heart-rate problems, there was little weight gain and her oxygen level was low.
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At 3 weeks old, November 12, tiny Brielle went into critical condition. Her stick-thin arms and legs turned bluish-gray as she gasped for air. Her heart rate soared. The Jackson parents watched, terrified that their little daughter might die.
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It is said that desperate moments call for desperate measures. A nurse Gayle Kasparian, after exhausting all the conventional remedies, decided to try a procedure that was common in parts of Europe but virtually unknown in the United States.
With parental permission, nurse Kasparian decided to place Kyrie, the stronger twin, beside Brielle in her incubator. No sooner had she closed the incubator door, Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie until she managed to put her arm around her sister.
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Immediately Brielle began to stabilize. Within minutes, her blood-oxygen readings improved and her temperature rose to normal.
Last month, Brielle and Kyrie turned 22 years old with no effects from their premature start to life.
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The simple, quick-thinking move made by their nurse was something that not only saved a life, but showed the medical community the profound impact a single touch can have on someone.
The power of touch is an incredible thing. Thank God the photographer was there that day to capture this historical moment.
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Truly, blood is deep and strong!
Photo credit: Youtube
Tags: Gayle Kasparian, Kyrie and Brielle Jackson, Miracle
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