A Micro-Preemie Beats All Odds
I have been studying TKM® with the King Institute in Carrollton, Texas. This is a comprehensive study of the bioelectrical magnetic system of the body. This energetic system is foundational to the body’s proper function to maintain health. It is the study of medicine with a biophysics point of view rather than the traditional biology/chemistry that we are so familiar with in our western paradigm of medicine.
I recently had a very personal event happen in my life that has convinced me more than ever how important it is to research further this powerful, yet non-invasive, complementary and integrative health care method within the established medical environment.
My daughter, Rachael, was 20 and ½ weeks pregnant when she began to have complications with her pregnancy. She was diagnosed with incompetent cervix and preterm labor. Cause unknown. With an emergency cerclage (that was sub-optimal according to the surgeon) and strict bed rest in the hospital, the doctor had guarded hope that Rachael could carry this baby to the gestational age of viability (24 weeks). She had a round of antibiotics and the standard indocin regimen.
At the 20 week sonogram, and then again when the complications occurred four days later, Rachael had several sonograms that revealed the baby was in the breach position. After the emergency cerclage was performed, Rachael was very aware of the baby’s feet kicking her cervix. The TKM® sequence to turn a breach baby was applied that evening after the emergency cerclage. The next morning the surgeon did a transvaginal sonogram to check on his work. This revealed that the baby had indeed turned head down much to his surprise.
We immediately began a TKM® program with Rachael. For optimal results our goal was to provide a TKM® session every eight hours. A skilled TKM® provider (someone who has had at least level one and two classes) did a session every day on Rachael. As instructed and in cooperation with the TKM® provider, the patient and her family applied sequences two more times in the 24-hour period. The TKM® provider advised family members and the patient of the appropriate applications for the development of the fetus and health of the mother using the knowledge and discernment through specialized touch in order to provide optimum energetic circulation, resonance, and balance.
For the next 4 weeks, we continued to do TKM® on Rachael 3 times a day. She remained in the hospital on strict bed rest. She only got up to use the bathroom. She showered sitting down once a week. She even ate her food in a prone position. At 23 weeks/4 days and 23 weeks/5 days Rachael received steroid shots to help the baby’s lungs mature in case she went into labor early.
She did go into labor at 24 weeks and 6 days gestation according to the doctor’s calculations. This time the doctor could not stop the contractions with the intervention of magnesium sulfate and indocin. Rachael delivered the baby vaginally. At birth the baby immediately cried and his apgar scores were 7 and 8. He weighed 1 pound and 8 ounces (690 grams) when he was born. His name is Jimmie.
Because the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) only allows the parents to touch the babies, it was not possible to continue the TKM® directly on the baby. However, the mother still received TKM® sessions while holding the baby during the kangaroo care time (holding baby skin to skin on mother’s chest). Also, TKM® was applied to the mother for milk production. The mother has a prolific milk supply.
Upon arriving in the NICU the family was informed concerning what to expect during a micro-preemie’s journey. The common complications were explained to us:
Need for multiple blood transfusions
PDA – patent ductus arteriosis
NEC – necrotizing enterocolitis
ROP – retinopathy of prematurity
Chronic Lung Disease
Jimmie has not had a brain hemorrhage.
He has had 3 blood transfusions. On the 3rd day after his birth he received a transfusion, then again almost 5 weeks later at 29 weeks/4 days gestation and 29 weeks/5 days (more on that later).
Jimmie does not have PDA.
Jimmie does not have NEC.
Jimmie does not have ROP (as of eye exam at 33 weeks gestational age). Update: at 36 weeks, Jimmie has stage 1 at zone 2. At 42 weeks, the ROP has resolved itself. No treatment is necessary.
Jimmie’s MRI revealed no signs of cerebral palsy or any other problem.
Chronic lung disease: Jimmie’s low need for the various breathing aids has been exceptional to the medical staff. On his fifth day after birth the doctor took him off the ventilator as he was breathing over it continuously. He was moved to c-pap for a 24 hour period. Then he was moved to the high flow nasal cannula at 26 weeks gestational age. At 29 weeks gestation he was moved to the low flow nasal cannula.
Jimmie does not have episodes of apnea.
Jimmie has not had bradycardia except for a reaction to the drug called Afrin (more on that later).
The odds of having all or some of these complications are elevated if the child is a Caucasian male. This is known as “Wimpy White Boy Syndrome.” Jimmie is a white male. This makes him even more of a statistical anomaly.
At 29 weeks/4 days gestation, Jimmie received his second blood transfusion. Usually by this time, micro-preemies have already received multiple transfusions. Jimmie’s hematicrit dropped to 22.7. His reticula count showed signs that he was, in fact, beginning to make his own red blood cells. The doctor decided it was time for a transfusion since Jimmie had a few more desat episodes than what was normal for him. Jimmie received the transfusion and within minutes of completion he had an event that has remained mysterious and unexplained.
The nurse, mother and myself (the maternal grandmother) witnessed the baby crying out in pain like we had not heard previously. He could not be comforted. It was obvious that he was hurting. Suddenly, his oxygen saturation level dropped, his hands turned blue, he was not breathing. As he was re-intubated, the nurse practitioner and doctor observed blood pooling at the trachea. He was placed on the ventilator for the next five days. There was lots of speculation as to where the bleeding was coming from. Infection, pneumonia, and pulmonary bleed were eventually ruled out. The doctor’s best guess- the capillaries in his nasal passages had been compromised by either the nasal cannula or the ng tube. The capillaries burst causing the pain and bleed in which he aspirated blood into his lungs. The doctor decided to transfuse him again the next day to help him fight off infection, if indeed, that was the cause for the crash. (Later the various cultures revealed no infection.) This second transfusion was less and given over a longer period of time. It was during this time that the mother asked the NICU team if they would consider allowing the baby to receive TKM® from the maternal grandparents. Later that afternoon the doctor wrote an order for “therapeutic touch” to be given as needed from 8:00 am to midnight.
We tried to set up a schedule so that the baby would receive TKM® every 8 hours for optimal effect. On day two in the late afternoon we began TKM® on Jimmie. On the 3rd day after the crash, the doctor tried Afrin nose spray to constrict the blood vessels to stop the bleeding. The baby had a reaction to the Afrin that caused bradycardia within 15 minutes of the treatment. It was rinsed out of his nose but he still had several hours of extremely low heart rate. That happened on a day when there was no access to the NICU due to a surgery on another baby in Jimmie’s section. We were not able to apply TKM® that day. On day four I did TKM® on Jimmie as much as possible. On day five after the event, the baby was extubated. Due to the nasal issues, Jimmie had to go straight from the ventilator to the oxygen hood. He recovered very well from the “crash and bleed”.
Jimmie received TKM® usually 2 to 3 times daily 5 to 7 days a week.
At 32 weeks he was introduced to the breast. He was very interested and proved he could suck, swallow and breathe for small periods of time.
At 33 weeks and 3 days gestation the baby was moved to an open-air crib as he was maintaining his body temperature.
At 34 weeks he had several successful full feedings at the breast proving that he could suck, swallow and breathe all at once.
He worked on taking all his feedings by mouth for the next 3 weeks. Jimmie was released from the hospital at 37 weeks and 2 days weighing 5lbs 1oz.
To make it perfectly clear, applying TKM® to pregnant women and premature infants does no harm. There are no contra-indications. In fact, several times different nurses expressed concern about the baby losing body heat because the doors on the isolette remained open during a TKM® session. Every time I would ask them to make sure he was okay and every time his temp was fine. In fact, his temp would be on the warmer side of normal.
My experience in the NICU with our micro-preemie has given me lots of insight. Babies respond quicker to the TKM® process. What might take an hour to do on an adult can be done on the preemie in 5 to 10 minutes. Much progress can be made in a 30 to 45-minute session with a preemie. Another observation I have made is this kind of touch should not be categorized as procedural care or included in the cluster care that the nurses do. It is more like the touch involved in the kangaroo care (holding the baby skin to skin) that the mother and father offer to their infant. Most of the time TKM® produces a great sense of well-being and relaxation in the infant. It is best to do the application as the baby sleeps.
I think that this case study indicates a need for TKM® research. Rachael received a month of TKM® three times daily prior to delivery at 24 weeks/6 days gestation. Her micro preemie’s health and progress in the NICU was remarkable. It would be my desire to work on mothers at high risk for premature birth. In the event that the baby is born prematurely I would like to continue to apply TKM® to the premature infant. It is my desire to find out if Jimmie’s case was just an anomaly of good fortune or if the TKM® truly benefits the mother and infant at risk for premature birth.
There is still so much to learn and discover in this study of quantum physics and how it pertains to the body. There are many amazing and weird observations in quantum physics that still do not have scientific explanations. The same is true of TKM®. For example, we do not understand why the “stop and seal” works to stop bleeding but time after time it does work. This is placing the right hand on the body with the left hand over the right at a 90° angle. The KI Method® is profound and effective even if there is not an exhaustive explanation of how it works.