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Webcam Connects Baby Born 10 Weeks Early With Dad in Afghanistan

St. Jude Medical Center uses webcams in its neonatal unit

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    A Southern California hospital used technology to a member of the U.S. military on deployment in Afghanistan with his baby born 10 weeks earlier than expected.

    Raelyn Absmeier was born a fragile two pounds, 13 ounces. Doctors said the road ahead for her looks good but it will be a long road.

    Deployed Dad Sees His Baby Girl

    [LA] Soldier Dad Sees His Baby Girl Thanks to Hospital Web Cam
    Jacob Absmeier says cameras keeping watch over his newborn daughter help her birth feel a little more real to him. Absmeir was stationed in Afghanistan when she was born. Vikki Vargas reports from Fullerton for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 19, 2012. (Published Friday, Apr 20, 2012)

    Raelyn will likely be at St. Jude Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a couple of months.

    As she grows, her mother can only touch her occasionally. But her father, Jacob Absmeir, cannot touch her at all.

    He’s serving in Afghanistan, and was shipped out from Fort Collins, Colo., in March, before his daughter was born.

    But even a world away, he can see her by logging on to his computer.

    The hospital has 14 web-cams positioned at each baby bed. Those cameras are linked to the internet making these baby cams available anywhere.

    Jacob said seeing his daughter makes it a little more real for him.

    Raelyn’s mother said it has been difficult, but she is hopeful.

    “Sometimes I break down but I’m trying to stay strong for her,” she said.

    So, the Absmeier family watches every breath: from Fullerton to Colorado to Afghanistan.