It used to be believed that premature infants were too small, too weak, too delicate to endure touch. They would often stay isolated in their pods, struggling to breathe, their little hearts fighting for every single beat, and they’d have to do this all alone. Then along came the Jackson twins. At a little over two pounds, these two survived birth only to have the smaller twin start to struggle three days later. It seemed like all was lost for this baby until a nurse had the novel idea of placing the bigger, stronger twin into the pod with her sister. Here’s what happened next: Now fully grown, these twins are college sophomores and experiencing adult life for the first time under their own terms. They know about the ‘kangaroo care’ that they helped bring about, but both are modest about their actual roles. Still, there is no telling how many lives have been saved because of this rescuing hug.

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