The Friday Morning Story
Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born on October 17, 1995, at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester. Each of the twins weighed all of two pounds at birth and were each in their respective incubators, but one was not expected to live. Though Kyrie was putting on a bit of weight in the days following her arrival, her sister, Brielle, was not doing as well. She cried a great deal, leaving her gasping and blue-faced.
Brielle was having a particularly bad day. Newborn Intensive Care Unit nurse Gayle Kasparian tried everything to calm her. She held her. She had her dad hold her. She wrapped her in a blanket. She suctioned her nose.
Then she remembered hearing about a procedure done in Europe where twins were placed together in the same
incubator; however, this was against Massachusetts Memorial Hospital's rules. Knowing that the one twin had little time to live, she
put Brielle in the incubator with her sister Kyrie contrary to the hospital's rules.
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. When last heard from, Brielle and Kyrie were healthy preschoolers.
Often the child, wearing only a diaper and covered by a blanket, is placed against the parent's bare chest. The method is especially effective with premature babies, who are extremely fragile and have almost tissue-thin skin when born. Proponents say the method can have amazing effects: a steadier heart rate, better breathing, greater contentment, deeper sleep.
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