Volunteer Cuddlers Provide Wellness Program For The Tiniest Of Patients
(Source: ABC News)
From the moment we are born, we crave the human touch. Pat Rice and his wife Claire Fitzgerald have volunteered at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in California for over sixteen years, cuddling premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. It's a warm welcome into the world, far away from the machines that monitor every movement. Doctors say this simple act of love leads to better tolerance of pain and stabilizes the body temperature. With the baby relaxed and breathing deeper, the blood oxygenation increases with measurable results. It's science we can all get behind.
Read more about these volunteers and watch a video of them in action over at ABC news here.