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Nurse who connected mom and preemie is awarded

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 By: Jenn Hatcher

A Bryan East nurse is recognized for her modern thinking and compassion.

Tuesday morning, family, friends and colleagues were waiting to surprise the Laurie Ketterl.

Ketterl is the winner of the 11th annual Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award.

She is one of six care providers nationwide to be honored.

Coworkers say Ketterl showed innovative thinking earlier this year when she used FaceTime on an iPad to connect a mother, going into lifesaving surgery, with her premature baby boy!

"We just could not let her not see him at least once," says Katterl.  "Really that was one of, in my nursing career, seeing that mom see her baby was one of those, like the commercial, priceless.

The RN was nominated for the award by colleague, Becky Trevino.

"She's a great teacher, she a great motivator, she's a great leader, she really does what she teaches and it's just wonderful," says Trevino.

The mother Ketterl helped, recovered, and was able to take her baby boy home 82 days later.

Since, two iPads have been purchased for the NICU so FaceTime technology can continually connect patients with moms.

All thanks to one woman.

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