Angel Eye camera system allows Gundersen NICU parents to stay connected to their infants

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Imagine not being able to hold your newborn or even be in the same room. That’s the reality for many parents with a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit. But- new technology is helping those families stay connected.

After their daughter was hospitalized for weeks, the Schmidt family of Onalaska raised thousands of dollars to help Gundersen Health System install Angel Eye cameras in all 18 NICU rooms.
The cameras allow parents to check in on their children when they can’t be with them. Nurses can also send parents videos, pictures, and messages.

Brooke Murdock’s son Ferris has been in the NICU for 11 weeks. When she can’t be by his side, Brooke says the camera gives her peace of mind. “Just check-in for a few minutes and it’s reassuring to see him swaddled in bed and happy. And it’s comforting for me to know he’s okay when I’m not around, ” says the mom of three. Ferris has two older siblings. They are not allowed in the NICU, but can say good morning and good night to their little brother thanks to the Angel Eye camera.

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