When you peek into the University of Kansas Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, it probably appears to be an ordinary nursery full of tiny preemies. However, thanks to a $73,000 grant from Royal Charities, they are doing something groundbreaking for parents like Sam Last, a soldier deployed in Kuwait.
The hospital has installed what they call an “Angel Eye” into the each baby’s incubator. This way, parents who are separated from their child can check in on them whenever they like. For Sam, who is 7,000 miles away from his newborn baby girl Charlie, it means the world.
“It gives the families the ability to see their baby anytime and gives them that reassurance at night when they’re sleeping, when they wake up and are able to see them, and know they’re OK,” said NICU nurse Laurie Hay.
Baby Charlie was born six weeks premature while her daddy was deployed. With the special “Angel Eye,” he can peek at his little girl whenever he wants using his phone or tablet device.
“It’s hard to believe that I’m looking at my daughter 7,000 miles away in Kuwait, just watching her moving,” Sam said. “Thank you so much, you’re making dreams and wishes come true overseas.”
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