What an incredible story of twin babies born in Massachusetts, USA. These two twins were born 12 weeks early and only one was expected to live. At the time the strict practice was for each baby to be placed in separate incubators to reduce the risk of infection. One twin sister was gaining weight, and doing well but the other was going downhill with breathing and heart problems. After 3 weeks the weaker twin fell into a critical condition, her skin went blue, she was unable to breathe. The nurse on ward took it upon herself to apply a method that was common in some parts of Europe but unknown in the US. She put the two sisters together in the same cot in the same incubator hoping for a miracle.
As soon as one twin had been placed with the other, she put her arm around her and her sister began to calm down. Oxygen levels improved and heart rate stabilised, and her temperature went back to normal. This photo appeared in Life magazine and Reader’s Digest and helped to promote the practice of “co-bedding” twins, triplets and quads. Clinical studies show that siblings born prematurely show substantial benefits from being placed in the same bed together. Good friends for life!