A pair of premature twins seen holding hands in their parents’ care is capturing hearts around the world.
Mesmerizing video taken by new mom Anthea Jackson-Rushford shows little Kristiana and Kristian holding on to one another as they rest on their father’s chest in an Australian hospital.
"How is that possible?” a woman, believed to be mom, is heard saying off camera as the infants’ tiny fingers intertwine. “That is just unbelievable, man."
The brother and sister were born at just 28 weeks old on Jan. 4 while weighing under a kilogram or 2.2 pounds, the mama posted.
In most of their photos and at least a dozen videos they’re seen being held to a parent’s bare chest. That skin-to-skin contact is called “kangaroo care,” which in studies has been shown to provide positive benefits to preemies.
They’re also seen hooked up to a number of tubes and other medical equipment, something that the infants’ mom said she realizes may be “a tad bit disturbing” for some people to see.
Jackson-Rushford said she wants the public to know that it’s normal and that she hopes that her story will encourage other new moms who are facing similar circumstances as them.
"I'm sharing photos and videos for the simple reason that it gives hope to all parents out there that even they do just fine!” she wrote. “I would love to see this kind of positivity as a mum that faces the possibility of a premature baby. To all parents that face this, be comforted in knowing that today anything is possible and your babies will be just fine!!!"
As of Wednesday, the couple’s most popular video, showing the twins being cradled on their father’s chest, has been viewed more than 6.9 million times.
Their other videos range between 10,000 and 153,000 views.
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