Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Compassion Baby

"The Rescuing Hug" photo by Chris Christo of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Barbara: I found this on a friend's Facebook page yesterday and had to share it here. It's been circulating for a while, but I hadn't seen it yet. You can read the whole story here on Snope, as they did all the research to authenticate it. Turns out it's a true story of inherent, unconditional love (also published in Life Magazine and Reader's Digest). 

When these babies, Kyrie and Brielle Jackson (love those names!), were born prematurely, Brielle wasn't doing so well. One enterprising nurse decided to "co-bed" the twins and to everyone's amazement, Kyrie snuggled up to her struggling sister and (unbelievable!) tucked her arm around her. It didn't take long for Brielle to stabilize. Two case-in-points: 1) touch and affection are life-saving, and 2) we are inherently compassionate and designed to help each other.

18 comments:

  1. Awwww. I do know co-bedding is one of they things they suggest for twins if one is having trouble. They spend 9 months... or in the case of twins, closer to 8... in immediate proximity and I think there is an interdependence of their nervous systems--a sunchronizing of sorts--that happens. I love that gesture, though--very sweet.

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  2. Isn't it amazing that this works - even with "stranger" babies? Co-bedding became official after this case! Makes me misty...

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    1. I know right ???? Probably they were from the same hood ;)

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  3. Thats love.....sucha beautiful reminder that Love cures everything!!! and their names....LOVE THEM !!!! and arent they cute.....OMG !!!!

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  4. Aww love the,photo. and your right when ever we can help smeone else we should.,i love how a picture is,worth a thousand words. Got to love the things we can learn from a simple picture.

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  5. Nothing love can't make better.

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  6. TWINS!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!! ^__^

    Pictures like this melt my heart. I don't know if it's because I'm a twin and I love babies, but goodness. Hope they do well in the future. What an awesome story about them!

    Holly and I were born prematurely (only 6 weeks premature), but we ended up doing well. If we had been carried to term Holly would not have survived. My mom said we were so small she could lay us together in the same crib. We were both about 5 pounds when we were born. When you're a twin, you always have a special place in your heart that nobody in the world has. You always have something or things that you can share that nobody understands. You have done things with your twin that were really special but someone else may not have appreciated as much (November 18 for us in particular!!!)

    In the Bible there are three types of love listed: Philos (friendship love), Eros (passionate or romantic love) and Agape (unconditional love; usu. pertinent to marriages). I think that someday a new kind of love, twin love, will be written. Hahaha!!! :]

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    1. This is adorable!! Yes, I can imagine that twin love is its very own unique thing that the rest of us just can't ... get. I envy you your special bond. Love that in the case of premature birth it also gives babies another fighting chance.

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  7. Oh wow! tearing up a bit here. Absolutely amazing and beautiful story. Makes you really appreciate life.
    Best of luck to those sweet angels! xoxo

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  8. This story is going to be told at every gathering that this family ever has, for years and years to come. Those are some special babies : )

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    1. I betchya this is THE topic of convo over there!

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  9. How sweet and comforting that is.

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  10. ohmygosh!!!!!!!!! :)

    this makes my heart smile! being a twin is awesome. <3

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  11. Sharon ( Baby Baby) ReineFebruary 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Utterly uncontraversial AND utterly charming- Win/Win!

    Yeah babies is cute!

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