Local company donates camera system to Memorial Hospital NICU

Local company Kem Krest is pitching in to help parents of babies in intensive care.

The Elkhart company donated money for specialized cameras in Memorial Hospital's NICU.

These cameras are a big deal to families. Parents and nurses faces light up when they talk about the Angel Eye system that's now up-and-running.

A Tiny Miracle

Sometimes, the biggest miracles come in the smallest packages.

After trying unsuccessfully for many years to get pregnant, Ed and Wendy Batchelder of Bridgewater were shocked when Wendy became pregnant at age 44. “It was a total surprise, but a wonderful, happy surprise,” Wendy said. “We had pretty much given up on having a baby,” added Ed. Pregnancies at that age are often considered “high risk,” however in Wendy’s case, this pregnancy was clearly going to be particularly challenging. She has a chronic auto-immune condition which requires her to take daily medication, even during a pregnancy.

Mother of Two Says Angel Eye Cameras Eased Mind

Sept. 15, 2016 | It was more than a month before Lucy Josserand, born weighing 2 pounds, 11.5 ounces, was able to see and enjoy the comforts of her own nursery in her Texarkana home.

But Lucy’s parents never left her side thanks to the help of Angel Eye Camera Systems.

The web-based system allows family members to view and interact with a baby in the neonative intensive care unit (NICU) through a live video stream and one-way audio.

For Maceé Josserand, who also has another daughter, Leilani, the camera made life a little simpler. She says it gives her peace of mind.

Angel Eye is Heaven-sent Technology for New Parents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – When parents can’t be with their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock, Angel Eye Camera Systems allows them to remotely watch over their little bundle of joy from any location at any time of the day. 

That’s a heaven-sent solution for parents and family, especially those who live and work many miles away from the hospital.

The Angel Eye system, installed recently at Baptist Health, uses a camera that’s placed at the baby’s bedside and provides live-stream video. Loved ones can log into a secure account from their laptop, tablet or smart phone to check in on their newborn.

'Angel Eye' Installed at University of Kansas Hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Parents of newborn babies who require long-term stays in the hospital often can't see their baby as much as they would like — but now, new technology at the University of Kansas Hospital can take those parents inside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, any time they want. 

"It gives the families the ability to see their baby any time 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 okay," said Laurie Hay, a NICU nurse at KU.

New Cameras Let Parents Watch Babies in KU Hospital's NICU

Kansas City, Kan. -- Parents with premature babies at the University of Kansas Hospital can now see their children from their phones or computers.

The hospital received grant money from Royals Charities to buy nearly two dozen incubator cameras.

The cameras went live Wednesday and parents with children in the neonatal intensive care unit are thrilled.

Sarah Ellerbeck said she would stay by her premature son’s side around the clock if she could. But she and her husband and their 14-month-old son live two hours away from the hospital.

Parents Whose Baby Died Give Other Families a 24/7 View of Their Newborns in Plano NICU

Plano, TX -- Leighton Skaggs spent her entire short life in the neonatal intensive care unit at a Plano hospital.

Many of the people who loved her never had the chance to meet her.

In their grief, Leighton’s parents, Chris and Amy Skaggs of Celina, knew they wanted to do something to create a lasting legacy for their daughter, who was born premature and died three weeks later after developing an infection.

“We didn’t know exactly what, but we knew it would be something big,” Amy Skaggs said.

In the middle of the night, months after her daughter’s death, Skaggs had her “aha” moment, she said.

PREEMIE UPDATE: Connor & Curran Gallagher

Where do I begin? After the boys were discharged, I started on a relentless mission to educate myself and empower other moms to embrace the notion of family-based care. I began collecting baskets for families and filled them with comfort items, gift cards for gas and coffee as well as personalized crocheted hats and blankets. Somewhere deep inside, it stung that I did not have much control over my own babies clothing so having hats and blankets around was comforting for other families as well.

New Cameras at Forsyth Medical Center Put More Eyes on Babies in NICU

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It was Frankie Everhart’s first time and he was overwhelmed.

“It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” he said.

Frankie and his girlfriend, Kristen, were first-time parents. But their twins had to spend time in the NICU. Eventually, the boy got to go home but his sister, Saylor, needed to stay. Keeping an eye on them had been easy.