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Mayo Clinic app keeps new mom, baby in NICU connected

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mother's Day is a time to celebrate mom and for many, be together as a family.

But the pandemic is still making it hard to gather.

Having a new baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is making the special day feel even more difficult for one area mom.

But with Mayo Clinic's new technology, she can see her baby any time of day.

New mom and nurse Angie Kosec is used to being away from her family on holidays due to her job, but this year is very different because her daughter Emma is in the NICU.

Kosec was in preterm labor and knew Emma would arrive early; 16 weeks early to be exact.

Emma has already spent seven weeks in the NICU and is making good progress.

Kosec and her husband spend as much time at the hospital with Emma as they can, but are also busy with three other children at home and their jobs.

None of Emma's older siblings have been able to meet her yet and find everything a little difficult to understand.

But with a little help from Mayo Clinic technology, the family is able see baby Emma though an app called "Angel Eyes."

"The camera actually allows me to be able to still be a part of her care, to see her before I go to bed, to include her in sort of our routines at home," said Kosec.

Kosec says it's hard to have a child in the hospital, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

But "Angel Eyes" provides her family a sense of comfort and allows them to be part of Emma's various milestones.

"Not having everyone together on Mother's Day is difficult," Kosec said. "I'm hopeful that next year and the years to come, we can celebrate as a family."

Emma is on track to go home sometime in July, once she gains enough weight and is able to take a bottle.

And that is when Emma's older siblings will all get to meet her for the first time.

Kosec says they don't have much planned for Mother's Day this year, probably something small at home and then she'll spend some time in the NICU with Emma.

Sarah Gannon

Sarah Gannon

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