Angel Eye Allows NICU Families to Bond with Their Baby While Away from the Hospital
SACRAMENTO — Exactly three years ago, Nov. 20, 2015, a little girl was born to Candace and Rich Wilson of Grass Valley, Calif. She spent a couple of weeks in neonatal intensive care units before succumbing to her health issues. During her short life, Candace and Rich were able to spend most of their time with her and the specialists. But they saw many families who didn’t have the time off work or the financial wherewithal to be there with their sick babies. They founded a nonprofit in Norah’s memory to help those families, called the Norah Foundation.
The Norah Foundation has already helped many local NICU families with gas and food cards, hotel vouchers and other support, but the Wilsons felt what was really needed is a way for these families to be with their sick babies even when they couldn’t be in the NICU in person. They started a campaign called Always Together to raise money to install NICU cameras at the bedside of babies in Northern California’s largest NICU at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. The first two were unveiled Tuesday, Nov. 20, Norah’s third birthday.
Angel Eye is the only camera system created specifically for use by families of babies in a neonatal intensive care unit, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s NICU is the first unit in Northern California to install the Angel Eye cameras.
Donations are needed to equip every NICU baby’s bassinet with an Angel Eye camera. To donate or for more information, go to www.thenorahfoundation.org.