From the blog of Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)
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This is a Christmas story that has nothing to do with Christmas. It represents a Jesus like miracle, however.
Their parents named them Kryrie and Brielle.
They were placed in separate incubators.
Kyrie did well. Gained weight, etc. Brielle went the other way. Lost weight. Cried constantly. It was obvious Brielle was not going to make it. Death inevitable.
Nurse Gayle had been taking care of the babies in ICU. She needed to do something more for Brielle.
At the time, European hospitals in similar situations were placing the twins into one incubator together.
Next to each other. In some instances, the dying twin survived.
Such was not permitted in Massachusetts hospitals at the time. Specifically against the rules.
Gayle disregarded the rules and placed the dying Brielle next to Kryrie in Kryrie’s incubator. Both were placed on their stomachs. Immediately and without assistance, Kryrie’s arm lifted over her sister’s back and remained there. In a holding pattern.
Brielle immediately stopped crying. She improved from that moment on. Survived, of course.
The twins are 22 years old today. Lovely. Live vibrant lives.
God is good! He works in strange ways.
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Saying a prayer that the spirit of Nurse Gayle “covers” all nurses.
I’ve recently had first hand experience with the NICU and the heroic women who care for the babe is trouble.
Despite the one chastising me for not vigorously washing my hands enough, I pray they are all as diligent.
Dona Nobis Pacem
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