When the donated tablets arrived April 6 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., courtesy of Feldman Automotive Group and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, hundreds of patients were immediately reconnected with the outside world.
Brianna Allen, an intensive care unit nurse at the hospital, witnessed a mother able to virtually reunite with her newborn after being separated by safety measures put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. After two days of not seeing her baby, the mother was given one of the donated tablets to watch the baby during feedings and changings.
"It was like the baby was right in the room with her," Allen said.
Other patients are using the tablets to talk with and see family members at a time when no visitors are allowed in the hospital. Before the tablets arrived, "the patients felt really alone," Allen said.