Professional nurses are those who value their patients’ health and well-being above everything else. When the nurse realized that one of the twin newborns was going to die, her heart broke into a million pieces. Desperate to do anything to save the life of the sweet little angel, she attempted something that she had heard of in the past.
She placed the newborn baby next to the dying twin, and her attempt later made headlines, but not for negative reasons.
It all began when twin sisters Kyrie and Brielle were born in a hospital on October 17, 1995. But they did not get the easiest start to life. As they came into the world 12 weeks prematurely, the twins weighed a mere two pounds each.
The twins were placed in separate incubators. Kyrie’s condition improved rapidly, and she gained weight after her birth, but the twin sister Brielle had a much more difficult time. She screamed and cried a lot, had difficulty breathing, and was blue in the face.
After a few days, Brielle’s condition was deteriorating. A nurse in the ICU, Gayle, did everything to try to help her. She picked her up and held her. She let her father hold her. She wrapped her in a blanket. She wiped the mucus from her nose and tried to comfort her. Nothing worked.
Gayle then remembered something she’d once heard of. It was really against hospital policy and rules, but Gayle was so heartbroken that she decided to give it a chance. She placed tiny Brielle in the same incubator as twin sister Kyrie. Almost immediately, Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie.
Brielle’s appallingly bad condition soared. She began to breathe more easily. Her incessant crying stopped, and she regained a healthy color quickly. In the following weeks, Brielle’s condition steadily improved. As long as she remained lying next to Kyrie.
A photographer from a local paper caught a very special moment shared between the twin sisters—a photo that would be iconic for years to come.
Together, the newborns broke through their tough start in life. They grew up to be healthy preschoolers. The picture of the twins embracing in the incubator had received significant media attention.
The picture later spread like wildfire on the internet and even ended up on the cover of Life and Reader’s Digest. The media attention on parents Heidi and Paul became so great that at some point they changed their phone number. Absolutely everyone wanted to follow the twins’ development.
It was the first time the hospital had attempted such a thing, and Gayle was praised for her common sense, which led to saving the baby girl. Of course you should not separate twins,” thought Gayle. Exactly!
The event changed the hospital’s guidelines on twin births, and clinical studies have shown that there are clear health benefits to placing the twins in the same bed. The famous hug has helped save lives and changed the way you treat premature twins.
Imagine if the nurse hadn’t tried doing this? Brielle would probably not have been alive today. We must dare to test things and believe in the unthinkable!
This story warmed my heart and brought me so much hope. Please share it with others to help them believe that miracles can actually happen.