Agawam Family Brings Comfort to NICU Families with Gift to Baystate
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It was just eight months ago that Evan Bard of Agawam was killed in a drunk driving accident in Canton.
After her passing, her family created the EvvGirl Foundation in her honor.
As you meet the Bards, it’s immediately apparent. They have an amazingly strong family bond.
Even in the wake of tragedy, they took action to honor their daughter Evan’s memory.
“Evan just loved children and this was the best way of doing a project in honor of her. If you talk to others in the room, they would tell you that. Evan loved children. She wanted to be a NICU nurse,” says Evan’s father, Todd Bard.
Friday, the Bards, together with Baystate Health, announced the installation of 6 NicView cameras.
The NicView cameras provide streaming video of the patients to their families. Families are given a unique username and password. They can then sign into NicView from any internet-enabled device – from their smartphone to a tablet, a computer and even a big screen TV.
Best of all, the service is completely free of charge.
“It gives a level of comfort that they didn’t have before. In addition, there’s families that we’ve heard of that have dinner with their baby. They’re home and they’re having dinner with the rest of the family and they can pop open the iPad or whatever tablet it is and there’s the baby,” says Dr. Jeffrey Shenberger, Chief of Neonatology with Baystate Health.
So far, in just this month, the new NicView cameras have been logged into over 500 times from as far away as Alaska and china.
For the Bard family, these six cameras are only the beginning.
Todd Bard adds, “and then we said, could we do all of New England? So our goal is to have a camera at every NICU and PICU bed in New England and every hospital and there’s probably 25 to 27.”
Evan wanted to serve as a liaison between the tiny patients of the NICu and their family’s. Now, in her memory, these cameras are able to do just that.
You can visit the EvvGirl Foundation’s website to learn more about the NicView cameras and how you can make a donation to the foundation.