A donation last week of US$12,600 will pay for a neonatal transport incubator for the Cayman Islands Hospital. The incubator is due to arrive by the end of the year as the result of efforts by Ailian and Sean Evans – the leaders of Team Nolan — and the Cayman Heart Fund.
The campaign to raise money for the piece of medical equipment came after Team Nolan donated about CI$45,000 to CHF. Part of that money was allocated toward the incubator, which the Health Services Authority’s neonatal intensive care unit said was badly needed for Cayman.
Evans, a member of the fund’s board of directors, became an advocate for neonatal care after her 7-month-old son, Nolan, died in 2018 from a complex congenital heart defect.
The incubator will be used to move babies who need specialised treatment from one medical facility to another. It is portable, customisable and provides protection from the environment, possible infections, noise and drafts. In addition, the incubator has ventilation, temperature controls, enables quick and easy access to babies for intubation or CPR, and allows for blood pressure and cardio/respiratory monitoring.