Leighton's Gift to Texas Health Plano

Peek-a-Boo Webcams Bring Families Closer in the NICU

When Kelly and Matt found out they were having triplets, they knew they might have to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit. Their world was turned upside down when their little ones arrived at just 23 weeks five days gestation. Laynie, the smallest of their babies, passed away after only one day.

"Peek-a-Boo" camera system helps connect families via computer or smart phone 24 hours a day.

“Peek-a-Boo” camera system helps connect families via computer or smart phone 24 hours a day.

The Peek-a-Boo webcams at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano brought them some comfort because they could watch Wesley and Jacob any time they wanted to.

“We had some difficult times early on and having the cameras made those very hard times more bearable,” said Kelly. “Thanks to the mother who thought that this was a need at the Plano NICU and who made it happen, and thanks to those who helped make it a reality.”

Thanks to generous donors, three Texas Health Resources hospitals offer Peek-a-Boo webcams, which allow family and friends to see and talk to NICU babies from a secure connection on a computer, iPad or smartphone.

The initiative began in 2011 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, thanks to a major gift from Amy and Dan Hood. It expanded in fall 2013 to Texas Health Plano after a donation from Leighton’s Gift, a foundation created in honor of Amy and Chris Skaggs’ late daughter Leighton.

In late 2013 longtime supporters, the Quint Boenker Preemie Survival Foundation, and the donors to the Breakfast with St. NICUlas event, made a gift to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth to install webcams.

In total, Texas Health has 60 Peek-a-Boo webcams.

During this season of giving, you can help our tiniest patients as well as our everyday needs of the hospitals through the Texas Health 365 Fund. Learn more and make a donation at TexasHealth365Fund.com.

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