It is our mission and purpose to turn what was a tragedy into something positive. After Leighton's passing, we wanted to create her legacy and her legacy should take place at the only home she ever knew - her hospital. We wish our families were able to have seen Leighton while in the NICU. With the amount of technology we have access to, how could this not be a reality? "Leighton's Gift" was born. It is our sincere hope and prayer that "Leighton's Gift" helps families who are faced with the difficult situation of a child admitted to the NICU feel more connected and comfortable when they are not able to be there in person.
The arrival of a new baby is a special time for a family. For some whose babies need to be admitted to the NICU, those first days, weeks, or months can be difficult. The separation from their infant is hard for any family to endure. With the Peek-a-Boo webcam service provided by “Leighton’s Gift,” Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano offers a free-of-charge service to parents with infants in the NICU. The webcams provide families with a secure view of their baby from their computer, smart phone, tablet, or other web enabled devices. The webcams also allow parents to speak to their child, which facilitates the bonding experience even when they can’t physically be at the bedside.