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.