Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Power of Love

Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born prematurely. Each weighed only two pounds.

After a few days in separate incubators, Kyrie grew stronger, but her twin Brielle was not doing well. She cried continually and her blood oxygen level was dangerously low.

As Brielle's condition deteriorated, an intensive care nurse named Gayle tried everything she could think of to calm the crying child, who was gasping for air and turning blue. She held her. She had her dad hold her. She suctioned her nose. But nothing worked.

Gayle had one last idea. She put Brielle in the incubator with her sister Kyrie. Almost immediately, Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie and soon she stopped crying. Her blood-oxygen level rose, she began to breathe more easily, and a normal pinkish color returned.

The sisters were kept together in the incubator for several weeks and Brielle's health improved enough that both girls left the hospital healthy and thriving. This story and a photo of twins in the incubator with Kyrie's arm over her sister in an endearing embrace were widely distributed on the Inte

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