In Pennsylvania alone, the number of opioid-addicted babies is getting higher by the day, with an alarming rate of 250% from the year 2000 to 2015. Opioid addicted babies are caused by the illegal drugs their mothers took during pregnancy.
These babies take months fighting for their own life to rid off the withdrawal syndrome.
This condition is called neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) which requires babies to go through a gradual withdrawal program, by giving these tiny humans decreasing doses of oral morphine or methadone. Their tiny bodies need more tender, loving care and attention to be able to survive though.
A nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Jane Cavanaugh, initiated a program that calls out volunteers to hold, cuddle and soothe newborns who are going through withdrawal.
Watch the video below and prepare to have your heart double in size!