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Couple shares life-saving technology with families

Posted: 3:46 PM, Oct 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-05 22:15:17Z

Caring for loved ones with chronic conditions can be a daunting task. Whether it's an older parent or sick child, balancing care with work and family is tough.

But one couple found a solution after a tragedy, and are sharing their story to help others.

A'Shantia Glover-Wright is heartbroken her dad never got to know her youngest child, and his 3-year-old grandchild Leila.

"There's been a void in our lives since his loss," said Glover-Wright.

Glover-Wright's father died a month before Leila was born. A pulmonary embolism suddenly took his life.

"He was a wonderful father, a very stern, a very strong teacher, great coach," she said.

Glover-Wright believes if she and her father had a worn a HELO band , he might be alive today. HELO is wearable technology that can monitor a loved one's vitals.

Glover-Wright's fiancee' Phillip Beckom also uses the device. He worries about his 80-year-old mother. He calls the bracelet a safeguard.

"If anything goes wrong with her, blood pressure, heart rate by her having diabetes--I'm able to monitor her," she said. 

Karen Stiles of the TODAY'S TMJ4 Call 4 Action office reminds those looking for wearable technology to do their homework. 

"Check with what other people are saying online. Check with your own medical professional. Quite often they're going to have some really good information," Stiles said. 

Glover-Wright and Beckom believe wearable technology can prevent other children from missing out on the love of a grandparent.

"An ounce of prevention can allow us to have them another day," Glover-Wright said.

Glover-Wright is convinced her beloved father is cheering her on from above.

"I think he's saying to me spread the word! Make sure people know there are ways to monitor and care for yourself before its too late," she said.