Transcript for Baby Cuddlers Provide Love and Care for Premature and Sick Newborns
And finally tonight, what if you had the power to heal? Like a doctor, but with a different kind of medicine. ABC's David Wright, now, with the strangers saving fragile lives. And they are "America strong." Reporter: The neonatal intensive care unit. Full of buzzers, bells, machines, safeguarding the most fragile human lives. Babies like oliver and sky, twins born three months premature. Hello. Reporter: How reassuring, then, is the sound of that voice? ? When you're smiling ? Reporter: Oliver clings to it. And that's not his father. Not even a nurse. Pat rice is a volunteer cudder will, at the Lucile Packard children's hospital. He and his wife have been cuddling babies here for 16 years. The nurses were telling me that these cuddles have an immediate impact for these infants. It's measurable. You look at the blue number here, apparently that's blood oxygenation. And as it starts to climb, it means the baby's relaxed, breathing deeply. Dr. Ronald Cohen says cuddling leads to better tolerance of pain, stronger body temperature and stronger vital signs. That hug is the best medicine. Reporter: For oliver and sky's parents, the cuddlers are a godsend. It's great company, knowing why you're not here, there's someone holding your child, tenderly loving your child. You know, these people are scared to death. Reporter: You're there to cuddle the parents as much as you are the baby? It seems that way, yeah. Reporter: High-tech medicine can make miracles happen. ? When you're smiling the whole world smiles with you ? Reporter: But a song and a smile, plus that human touch, that's what will make these babies "America strong." David Wright, ABC news, Palo alto. And baby oliver's parents tell us he's home now and doing well.
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