I was organizing my boards on Pinterest and found this image of what came to be called the “rescuing hug.” I looked at the photo once again, and this time clicked on it to read more that the bit in the Pinterest comment. I ended up searching on Google as well. (NB: The story and photo were first published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 18 Nov. 1995.)
Here’s what I learned. Twins Brielle and Kyrie Jackson were born on October 17, 1995 at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts, in Worcester, MA. They were premature, and not even two months early, but three. They weighed only two pounds. They were immediately put in incubators. Separately, so as to reduce the risk of infection. Kyrie seemed to be doing fine, but Brielle had breathing and heart problems, and she showed other signs of distress as well.
On the night November 12, Brielle’s condition worsened dramatically. Despite the oxygen flowing into her lungs, she had such trouble breathing that her limbs turned blue-gray. She was desperately crying and gasping for breath as her heart rate was reaching dangerously high levels. She also got hiccups. The medical staff present was afraid they might lose the baby.