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Necessity Drives Mother's Invention That Comforts Babies

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[Source:  Houston Chronicle]

The comforting arm that cradled newborn Zachary Jackson through long nights in the hospital after his premature birth belonged to neither his mom nor dad. They couldn’t stay with him overnight at the neonatal intensive care unit.
So his mother, industrial engineer Yamile Jackson, invented a surrogate – a soft, double-layered polyester sleeve filled with plastic pellets and covered with a fabric imbued with the familiar scent of his parents. Nurses let the infant rest against the armlike sheath.
It was the first of what would become the Zaky, now a commercial product that has been purchased by more than 300 neonatal intensive care units in 32 countries.
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