I love stories where everything is going wrong and, in one split second, someone is inspired to do something – and then everything changes. This is one of those stories; a story that moved me so deeply that I actually framed the newspaper clipping and hung it on my wall. It is a story that I continue following up on every so often.
The story, entitled “The Rescuing Hug”, moved many hearts and influenced future medical techniques. On October 17, 1995 in Worcester Massachusetts, twin girls were born 12 weeks prematurely. This amazing story unfolds as one of the girls is in distress and failing, and it seems the medical team has tried everything without success. Then one of the nurses remembers something that she had just learned about 2 months prior, something that was not done in the United States. She lays the two sisters together in the same incubator. Instantly and seemingly instinctively, the healthier sister puts her arm around the sister in distress and (you guessed it) everything changes.
Life News carried this story again in 2014, complete with an update to see how the girls are doing. In this story, one brave, inspiring act changed lives and made medical history.
Article written by Nancy Sirois, board member of NH Right to Life.