Providence Telestroke robot connects mom and newborn son

When Ivonne collapsed, her heart stopped and so did the baby’s. Within minutes, an emergency cesarean section was performed, the baby was resuscitated, stabilized and rushed to the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Ivonne stayed at PNMC, miles away from her newborn boy.

Three days later, Ivonne was able to see, hear and talk to her baby, Bradley, via two-way video cameras. The reunion happened thanks to Providence Telestroke Network and its robot, Oscar. This was the first time Providence used the network for something other than stroke treatment.

Today, Ivonne and Bradley are safe, well and back at home with their entire family. Providence Telestroke Network connects Providence’s Portland hospitals to hospitals in Seaside, Medford, Newberg, Hood River and Gold Beach. Using two-way video cameras (hooked to robots like Oscar) over a secure Internet connection, Portland-based stroke neurologists help diagnose and treat stroke patients as soon as they arrive at rural hospitals.