The Kiss That Changed Medicine
Placed together prematurely, the twins were saved by a sibling hug.
The power of touch has always been a significant element in healing, but more than 20 years ago, in a variety of situations,
the medical community did not truly take this touch-to-touch healing into consideration. On October 17, 1995,
a set of twins that were born prematurely by 12 weeks were kept under under supervision in a hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The new parents were cautioned that although they appeared healthy, anything may happen within 48 to 72 hours.
And sure enough, the twin who had problems breathing at three weeks old began to turn blue, her heartbeat began to race, and her oxygen levels began to plummet fast.
The suggestion to combine the stronger twin with the weaker twin came from a nurse, and what happened next astounded everyone.
The bigger twin hugged the little one by placing her arm around her. The weaker twin’s respiration soon returned to normal,
and everything went back to normal. A simple embrace solved the problem when all other methods had failed.
This demonstrated touch’s ability to heal. Even with babies who are only 23 weeks old, skin-to-skin
contact has now shown to be advantageous because they respond to the person they care about.
The Jackson twins have come a long way from weighing only two pounds to being strong young women heading off to college.
The popularity of ‘Kangaroo Care’ has increased over time, thanks in part to this straightforward hug that
changed medicine. This is one of the cutest stories I’ve ever read, and these twins have made history.
You now understand why hugs are so effective in healing. Give a hug to someone today; you never know who you might be helping.
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