Dennis Quaid hopes his family's story raises public awareness.

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For 40 hours, doctors monitored the Quaid twins closely. Dennis and Kimberly say they were in a state of shock. "It was like the floor was pulled from under our feet. I didn't understand it, to tell you the truth," Dennis says. "It was the scariest day of our lives."

After two days, the twins' health began to improve as the blood thinner wore off. When they were sleeping comfortably, Dennis says he realized Thomas and Zoe survived this ordeal for a reason. "[I thought,] 'These two little kids, 12 days old, they're going to change the world in some way,'" he says.

Now, Dennis knows why this happened to his family. "I think that the reason is to raise public awareness and to get something done about computerized record keeping and bar coding in hospitals," he says. "That's going to save lives—a lot of lives."
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Published on June 10, 2009

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