In 1995, inside a neo-natal intensive care unit at a hospital in Worcester, Mass. medical history was changed forever when there were complications with Paul Jackson’s newborn, 12 week premature twin little girls.
It was unusual for children to be dealt with, and even more uncommon to share an incubator. At the time, it was believed that premature infants may be very delicate and fragile by the medical community.
At three weeks old, one of the twin’s stable condition suddenly changed and she started to have breath problems, her heart rate increased and her oxygen level dropped. She even started to turn blue.
On-duty NICU nurture, Gayle Kasparaian needed to take a stab at something that hadn’t been practiced in the USA yet. She put the healthy twin, Kyrie, into the incubator Brielle was in.
Kyrie’s next gesture has been describe as a beautiful miracle; she put her little arm around Brielle, whose stats in a flash started to balance out. A photograph caught the delightful picture now known as the “Rescuing Hug”, showing up in Life Magazine and Reader’s Digest.
Brielle and Kyrie are currently living healthy and upbeat grown-up lives, thanks to Gayle.
The nurses fast reaction saved the twins, as well as raised awareness of skin-to-skin contact. Premature children are often handled this way, known as “Kangaroo Care,” some as youthful as 23 weeks old.