DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A Dothan couple is working to educate and protect Wiregrass babies and their parents from a dangerous heart disease.
David and Megan Cosby, founders of the Ellis Ann Cosby Foundation, lost their daughter to Children’s Cardiomyopathy in November 2016. Since that time, they have worked to make sure other parents never have to face the same experience.
That is why Calvary Weekday Ministry now has around $3,000 worth of life-saving technology in its possession.
“We decided that was something that we could do to help create a safer sleep experience in the Wiregrass,” EAC board member Kathryn Smith said. “Several of us have kids that have gone through here (Calvary) and so we thought this would be a great place to start something like that.”
The new technology includes eight wearable sleep monitors called Owlet Smart Sock Monitors. The Owlets monitor a baby’s pulse, oxygen levels and heart rate.
“If anything goes outside that range, any abnormality, it will flash red on the bay station,” EAC co-founder Megan Cosby said. “(Then it) will alert the daycare staff that they need to get to the baby, call 911, whatever the protocol may be.”
The new Owlets will not only ensure babies are at ease, but are expected to put the babies’ parents and caregivers at ease, too.
“It is very calming for us to be able to have these for our babies,” said Calvary Weekday Ministry Director Michelle Beasley. “We are so excited to have these and so thankful for EAC.”
And while the Cosby’s have donated Owlets before, this donation marks a first for them, too.
“We’ve donated about 70 to individuals,” Cosby said. “This will be our first daycare setting.”
The Cosby’s plan to continue donating to other childcare centers in the future.