Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born on 17 October 1995 at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Massachusets, each twin weighing two pounds. Though Kyrie was putting on a bit of weight in the days following their birth, Brielle was having difficulty breathing, and her oxygen levels were dropping critically low.
Nurse Gayle Kasparian who was on duty that night, tried everything she knew to calm the baby girl. She held her, sang to her, had her dad hold her, even wrapped her in a blanket and suctioned her nose. But nothing worked. As the minutes passed by and her crying became uncontrollable, her condition worsened and she started to turn blue.
Following her intuition and going against hospital protocol, she decided to put Brielle inside Kyrie’s incubator next to her sister. Almost immediately, Brielle snuggled up to Kyrie. Her blood-oxygen saturation levels soared. She began to breathe more easily. The frantic crying stopped and her normal pinkish color quickly returned. Over the next weeks, her health improved steadily to the amazement of nurses, doctors and hospital staff who these days continue to use this very same twin stabilizing technique innovated by this courageous nurse.
Although it might be impossible to determine whether Brielle’s recovery was primarily due to the healing touch of her twin sister, current research at the HeartMath Institute – a leading organization dedicated to understanding the heart’s role in health and well-being, suggests that it was the proximity to Brielle’s heart what helped her sister get better.
According to HeartMath’s research, when you are three-feet away from a person, you’re standing in their heartfield, or emotion based, electro-magnetic field generated by another person’s heart. This field can even be detected by other people’s nervous system and even measured in a laboratory. The three-feet parameter of the heartfield concludes that we are all constantly affecting and being affected by the emotional landscape of others.
So, what if author Leo Buscaglia was right when he asserted that we all need a hug because “a hug changes our metabolism?” What if the solution to that difficulty or challenge you’re currently facing could come after being held in the safety of another’s hug? What if you could put your love into hugs instead of words?
How would this impact your life and the lives of those you say you love?
An unknown but wise person once said that if you are going to hug a child, ALWAYS be the last one to let go, because you never know how long they need it.
What if that child is you and everyone you hug?
PS. To watch a video that contains more details about this story, check out ‘The Hug that Changed Medicine’
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