Superheroes abounded in Akron Children’s Hospital’s top “In the Moment” photos from May, from the tiniest preemies to window washers who delighted young and old alike. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.
1. Carter was born with a large mole that grew to 8″x6″ on his back. Dr. Niyant Patel Patel and Nurse Practitioner Heather Sprouse expanded the skin around it, then surgically removed the mole and closed up the wound.
2. Linna Nieves just gave birth to a rare set of identical twin boys – both have spina bifida. We are in aww of Cairo and Micah’s journey into life as we followed them through the c-section, surgeries and now recovery in the NICU.
3. Just a little more time. That was the wish of Erin and Tony Maroon, whose first baby, Ashlie Cathren Maroon, died in utero at 41 weeks and a day, after a healthy pregnancy. Ashlie’s legacy will live on through their donation of Cuddle Cots to 6 local hospitals, including Akron Children’s. The Cuddle Cot is a cool gel pad that can keep a baby’s body temperature between 32-42 degrees for up to 96 hours in order to give parents time to grieve. The Maroons recently welcomed their rainbow baby, Anthony “AJ” Jerrick Maroon, just in time for Mother’s Day.
4. Nicole was just 6 months old when she was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies. She was allergic to every kind of berry, egg, dairy and severely allergic to peanuts. Now, 7 years later, her mom Carly Johnson Bowersock shares their amazing story to show how important it is to be aware and prepared for food allergies in your children.
5. The superhero window washers from American National Skyline, Inc. returned to Akron Children’s Hospital to the delight of children of all ages. Following their 100-foot drop down the hospital’s front windows, the superheroes made their way to our atrium lobby to share a thumbs up and snap some pictures with the children and families in attendance.
7. Being a mom can mean sleepless nights and anxiety-filled days, but mom-to-mom support is one way to get through the baby and toddler years. For Mother’s Day, we share advice from a few moms who attend our weekly support group with Liz Maseth for breastfeeding and much more.
8. Akron Children’s Hospital has teamed up with WKYC Channel 3 – Cleveland for a “Tips to Grow By” series to help answer parents’ commonly-asked questions. Each week Akron Children’s experts will tackle a different parenting and child health topic.
9. The first Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Patient & Survivor Walk was held at Akron Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jeffrey Hord shared with attendees that 40% of the kids diagnosed with cancer at Children’s have leukemia or lymphoma, and thanks to research and advances in treatment, there’s an 85-90% survivorship.
10. Help us celebrate Nurses Week! Give a shout out to every nurse who has made your family’s care special. Shown here checking on 7-day-old Cairo is Director of Nursing Neonatal Services Christine Young, RN, who is the 2017 March of Dimes Excellence in NICU Leadership award recipient.