Monday Moments-Hugs

Hugs are the universal medicine.  ~Author Unknown

A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.  ~Author Unknown


Do you know the power of a rescuing hug and touch?

Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were prematurely born on October 17th 1995 at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester, MA. Each of the twins weighted all of two pounds at birth. Though Kyrie was putting on a bit of weight in the days following her arrival, Brielle was not doing well. She cried a great deal, leaving her gasping and blue-faced.

Brielle was having a particularly bad day. Nurse Gayle in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit tried everything to calm her.

She held her.  She had her dad hold her.  She wrapped her in a blanket.  She suctioned her nose.

Nothing worked.

Then, she remembered hearing about a procedure done in Europe. She put Brielle in the incubator with her sister Kyrie. Almost immediately, Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie.

Her blood-oxygen levels, which had been frightenly low, soared.

She began to breathe more easily.

The frantic crying stopped and her normal pinkish color quickly returned.

It was a historic moment showing the medical community the power of touch.  Over the next weeks, her health improved steadily in her new, less lonely quarters. The children survived their rocky beginning and in time went home with their parents.   The twins are now 17 years old.

Happy Monday! Give someone a hug!