The Power of Touch

Twin girls, Brielle and Kyrie, were born 12 weeks ahead of their due date. Needing intensive care, they were placed in separate incubators. Kyrie began to gain weight and her health stabilized. But Brielle, born only 2 lbs, had trouble breathing, heart problems and other complications. She was not expected to live. Their nurse did everything she could to make Brielle’s health better, but nothing she did was helping her. With nothing else to do, their nurse went against hospital policy and decided to place both babies in the same incubator. She left the twin girls to sleep and when when she returned she found a sight she could not believe. She called all the nurses and doctors and this is what they saw. As Brielle got closer to her sister, Kyrie put her small little arm around her, as if to hug and support her sister. From that moment on, Brielle’s breathing and heart rate stabilized and her health became normal.


  1. I awoke this morning full of dread regarding my health issues and other related tag along concerns. Then I opened my email and saw this beautiful photo and story. How simple and profound touch can be for us all. It’s so natural but how quickly I forget this simple truth. I met with my online writing course yesterday and there was a great deal of inquiry into how we thought we were touched as babies and how our mothers might have gazed upon us. Touch brings us into presence, with another, not alone any longer. We are meant to touch and to be touched. Thank you so much for sharing this and thanks to these beautiful babies for teaching us about our beautiful humanity.

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