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New beds donated to Neonatal ICU at local hospital

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Albany/HV: New beds donated to Neonatal ICU at local hospital
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A massive donation of more than $1.2 million will help the tiniest patients at Albany Medical Center.

The old name for it would be an incubator but the long-necked, high-tech bed, called the "Giraffe" helps keeps babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit warm and safe.

The enclosed bed allows staff to monitor the babies and undergo any necessary surgery all in the same place.

This is all thanks to donations from the Charles Wood Foundation and the Wright Family Foundation.

The chief of pediatric surgery says the gadget makes things easier for everyone, especially the babies.

Dr. Christine Whyte, Albany Medical Center Chief of Pediatric Surgery said, "We would have to move the babies from the bed to the x-ray department or wherever. We would have to disturb the baby. This allows us to do all of our stuff in one place without disturbing the baby."

The hospital received more than three dozen beds.

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