New app available for family members to follow along through surgery

New app available for family members to follow along through surgery
Some hospitals in Texas are using a new app inside the operating room that could ease the stress levels of parents who have children undergoing surgery.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Some hospitals in Texas are using a new app inside the operating room that could ease the stress levels of parents who have children undergoing surgery.

16-year-old Pierre Denha is at Texas Children's Hospital for a minor procedure, but his mother Rula, still worries.

Rula Barbirian is Pierre's mom and she jumped at the chance to download the app called "Ease."

On the app, the hospital promises a nurse will send updates throughout the surgery.

Only a barcode assigned to the patient can download the app to ensure the patient's complete privacy.

Then the family can link the app with people outside of the hospital.

"I can see exactly where he is and the steps, and you'll be able to follow up, not just sitting here nervous," said Barbirian.

Dr. Larry Hollier says, for security, the messages will disappear.

"We just don't want those messages hanging around," said Dr. Hollier.

Rula says that's the only thing about the app she doesn't like because she wants to look back at the messages for reassurance, but she can't.

Overall though, she loves it. She can walk the halls, get coffee, and privately call relatives.

Dr. Hollier says if they did need to contact a guardian who is not in the waiting room, the app can help communicate with parents about that too.

One thing to make clear, parents cannot reply to messages.

The hospital said the nurse's priority is to the patient so they cannot dedicate time on the phone for more than quick updates.

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