This is 6-year-old Josephine Brannan – a 29-weeker who spent her first 9 weeks at your NICU. Your care seems to have rubbed off on her. She spent FOREVER playing in your exhibit at the Akron Children’s Museum, and, to me, she looks totally natural. She wants to be a “baby doctor” or a veterinarian – she’s not sure.
Despite being 2 pounds and 10 ounces when she was born, Josephine has ZERO health problems. She received services through Help Me Grow and attended the toddler program at Happy Day in Portage County. She was the only girl on her t-ball team this year and completely held her own. She is reading on a second grade level. In fact, she started a chapter book on her own this summer.
She and her twin brother Isaac (Ike) will be heading to the first grade in the fall at Walls Elementary School in Kent.
Ike was 3 pounds when he was born. They were in the NICU from Sept. 4-Nov. 7, 2010 – funny how those dates stick with you!
Although he went home first, Ike’s had a rougher go of it than his sister. He had multiple readmissions due mostly to respiratory issues resulting from a vascular malformation in his airway. Dr. Marc Nelson was our ENT (ear nose and throat) and saw us through medical and surgical correction.
Ike also did not walk until he was 18 months old and wasn’t putting two words together at age 3. He was later diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and he works remarkably hard at speech therapy through school and privately. Ike is also reading at a second grade level, is a sports statistics master and has remarkable intuitive math skills.
They are both amazing, and I thank Akron Children’s every day that they are here.