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.
“It was really tough leaving Leilani to come to UAMS,” Josserand said. “And when was there, I hated to leave Lucy. I felt torn. But I know big sister was doing well at home with her daddy. This experience has made her a daddy’s girl.”
Lucy, who wasn’t due until August, arrived eight weeks early June 12. This is not the first experience the Josserands have had in the NICU. Leilani, 4, was also born prematurely.
“A lot of parents, like us, don’t live nearby,” Josserand said. “It really helps you feel better if you do have to go back home. You know you can still see what your baby is doing. It’s heartbreaking to leave.”
The Josserands brought Lucy home July 25 when she weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces.
“I think we have all adjusted well to being home and being a family of four,” Josserand said. “There’s not much sleep happening, but we are loving having our family complete.”
The Angel Eye camera was developed at UAMS in 2008. Angel Eye Camera Systems LLC was founded with the support of UAMS BioVentures in 2013. The product is available in 23 hospitals in eight states including Arkansas, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Florida and Connecticut.