Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Rescuing Hug

Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born on October 17, 1995, a full 12 weeks ahead of their due date. The standard practice, that time, at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, where the twins came into the world, was to place them in separate incubators in order to reduce the risk of infection.

Kyrie’s birth weight was two pounds three ounces. She gained weight quickly and slept calmly. Brielle, however, three ounces lighter than her sister, had breathing and heart-rate problems. The oxygen level in her blood was low, and her weight gain was slow.

On 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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H/T to Donna.

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