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.
I found that story amazing, Derdriu. Just look at that little arm reaching across the other girl's shoulders :)
Mira, Thank you! Such a lovely true story told so wonderfully by you! It's nice that it has a happy beginning -- before the hug, with the fact that they survived early birth, and after the hug -- and a happy ending.
Thank you, Lily!
Thank you, Sheila! Good to see you on Wizzley! :)
This is such a beautiful story! What's amazing is how long it took for them to see the obvious -- love and human connection is vital.
Glad you read it and enjoyed it, Brandon!:)
Wow! I saw the picture on the Wizzley Home page and thought of reading it, pretty much the same way you checked out the pinterest board. I'm glad I read it.
:) A lot more :)
This story reminds us that there is more to life than many people think.