Love between brothers and sisters is equal with something supernatural and never runs out. They fight, they argue, they bicker, they don’t talk to each other for years, but they are willing to give their lives for each other. From an early age, everyone believes they know how to love, how to feel love and how to express it, even into old age.
There is a kind of powerful love that radiates when twins are born. But modern medicine cannot explain it. Modern medicine does not explain this at all. There is a kind of all-encompassing, all-encompassing love that radiates when twin sisters are born.
One of these girls was on the edge of death and a hug from her sister gave her a full chance of life. It’s a story we won’t forget in a hurry. In 1995, Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born at 28 weeks at UMass Memorial Health Care in Worchester, Massachusetts. After the birth, a nurse informed their father that they were doing well and had a high chance of survival. The father harbored a no grudge against the nurse, when the things went different for his daughters.
When the girls reached the three-week mark, Brielle experienced shortness of breath characterized by low oxygen levels and high heart rate. Her skin turned blue as she gasped for air. With a premature baby, it took seconds for the new reality to take hold. Nurse Gayle Kasparian, at the time did something that has been a saving grace to many dying infants ever since.
The twins were kept in separate incubators to prevent possible spread of the infection if they lost Brielle. But nurse Gayle asked her parents for permission to put Kyrie next to her in the incubator. Kyrie was the stronger of the two.
“When I brought Brielle next to her sister, it was amazing”, said nurse Gayle. “Her heart rate had stabilized, her color had changed, back to normal”.
Known as kangaroo care, this practice – skin to skin contact, usually between mother and child, – is designed to give young children warmth, love and affection. Some doctors believe premature babies are too fragile to be isolated. American doctors did not believe that caring for kangaroos was a miracle for Brielle and Kyrie, but it has become a common practice across the country.
They are close now and aware that the bond they share is not exceptional. Both are now 24 and living healthy lives.