Dennis Quaid: Prayer Saved Our Twins

Actor Dennis Quaid believes that prayer is what saved the lives of his twins.

The Pandorum star, whose now 2-year-old twins with wife Kimberly Buffington received an accidental overdose of Heparin in 2007, is convinced that a “higher power” is responsible for Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace’s survival.

“A lot of people told us later that they were praying for our babies,” explains the proud dad. “In the end, I believe that the power of prayer from so many is what saved them.”

It’s obvious to me that a higher power in the universe is controlling what’s going on.

The twins were just under 2-weeks of age when they were given 10,000 units of the anti-coagulant drug, instead of the 10 units allowed for infants. The 56-year-old actor remembers what was going through his head at that difficult time: “I thought, “They’re 12 days old, and they’re going to change the world.’”

Dennis recalls how he and Kimberly – whose twins were born with the help of a surrogate mother – felt helpless as they watched their twins being treated at LA’s Cedars-Sinai: “We could see [the staff] working on the kids. It was chilling. Initially, I felt this really couldn’t be happening,” Dennis told AARP The Magazine. “Then I felt fear – and helplessness. They were really in a lot of discomfort, crying. It had to be painful.”

In 2009, the couple received a $500K settlement from the medical center, as well as an agreement that the hospital will provide all future medical care for the twins should they suffer from any conditions related to their overdose.

“They’re really tough, and they should be proud,” says Dennis of his children. “Because of what happened to them, they already saved lives. This is their legacy.”

Thomas and Zoe are Kimberly’s first children, while Dennis is also dad to 18-year-old Jack, from his previous marriage to actress Meg Ryan.

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  • Anonymous

    That’s right, prayer saved them. Not the doctors or the medicine. Prayer…sheesh. If the babies didn’t make it I guess they didn’t pray hard enough!

  • Anonymous

    Bollocks…I’ve heard this same statement from an evangelical Christian about a paralyzed friend that was healed. I guess everyone else just doesn’t pray hard enough…or else it’s ‘God’s plan’. Please! Statements like this are an insult to health care workers and anyone who has suffered loss.

  • Denada

    Mr. Quaid has started a foundation in conjunction with the Texas Medical Institute to cut the amount of errors leading to tragedies in hospitals caused by human error. He has spoken before an international medical conference and on such programs as Anderson Cooper on behalf of helping medical staff to cut to almost zero PREVENTABLE errors in hospital care.

    By no means does he denigrate health-care workers. If you have followed his activism on the part of patients and overworked health-care workers, and his concern over errors which could be prevented, you would know that he is approaching his mission backed by science and statistics.

    That he may also be a person of faith does not mean he doesn’t appreciate the tireless work health-care workers give. His documentary “Chasing Zero” on the Discovery Channel in May showed the work he is doing in the medical field and in the film Mr. Quaid applaudes the changes hospitals and shows the changes that many hospitals and their staffs doing to eliminate human error and unnecessary infections in hospital care. Human error causes 100,000 preventable deaths a year in hospitals. As Mr. Quaid has noted that is as if many fatalities as many airplanes crashing each week killing all their passengers.

    Interesting that he is now being denigrated himself for expressing what he thinks about the power of prayer in patient recovery. Yet, many physicians feel that prayer is a powerful aid to healing. Surely Mr. Quaid and those medical personnel with which he has worked to produce his documentary and many common people believing in prayer are not to be pilloried for their beliefs.

  • Audrey

    Denada, agreed. As a woman of faith I do not discount modern medicine either. As a matter of fact, my surgeon prior to my mastectomy asked to pray before we went into surgery. As did my grandson’s surgeon. Apparently some doctors don’t overlook the benefit1 of a higher power either.

    • Denada

      Audrey, I think some people just react vicerally if they think anybody is taking anything away from the efforts of hard-working medical personel or the wonder drugs in use and are placing all their belief in some kind of hocus-pocus, or black magic! It’s ridiculous. As you noted physicians believe in the power of prayer. There is all kiinds of research out there by researcher scientists studying the power of prayer. Mr. Quaid’s statement was not given to denigrate the field of medicine, but to thank those people who prayed for the recovery of his babies. I am sure he was going to say.”Well, thanks for your prayers, but it was a worthless effort on your part since we all know that prayers are “bollocks”!

      The fact that preventable human error in hospitals can kill you or your loved ones isn’t sinking in. Many people are simply not aware of the gigantic problem which exists. The same human error that almost killed the Quaid twins had happened one year before in Indianapolis. Three of the six children inolved died. A year after the Quaid twins were in jeopardy, the same mix up with Heparin occurred in a Texas hospital and killed more babies. Mr. Quaid with his foundation and his documentary is trying to prevent more deaths.

      Quaid’s hospital for the twins, Cedar Sinai, is the fourteenth most highly rated hospital in the nation. Yet, they did not have a bar code to dispense medicine as some of the smaller and less well-endowed hospitals do. it has been proven that a bar code used to dispense the medicines is invaluable in preventing the wrong medicines or doses of medicine getting to the patient. Cedar Sinai, after the Quaid near tragic occurrence, now has a bar code system in place.

      • Audrey

        Agreeing with you again. Now that spooks me : )

        I’m glad my doctors feel confident in their skills but at the same time are happy for a helping “hand”. Prayer and modern medicine just seem to go together in my book.

  • Anonymous

    He should use the power of prayer to stop his drinking and chain smoking then. Cuz it sure ain’t working for him so far.

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