Our July “In the Moment” photos saluted old friends, and welcomed new ones. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.
1. Meet Kohen. The toddler from Warren got MRSA from an infected pimple and needed emergency surgery. Air Bear rushed him to Akron, and, thankfully, he recovered as fast as he fell sick. Mom Ashley Michelle Neader shares their whirlwind experience and gratitude for the many caregivers including, Dr. David Andrews’ team.
2. In April, we celebrated Dr. Haynes Robinson’s distinguished 54-year career in medicine at Akron Children’s and wished him an enjoyable retirement. Sadly, today, our community mourns his passing at age 85.
3. It was a “touchdown-celebration” day for CEO Bill Considine and Gail Graise. “She is a role model and always giving a helping hand to others,” he said while presenting her 45-year service award. Smiling with pride, she handed him sportswear to mark the occasion, which he immediately put on.
5. July was National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, so we didn’t want to let it pass without introducing you to this little cutie. Leah Perez-Arquilla was born with a cleft lip and palate, but after 21 months and several visits to the Akron Children’s Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgery Center she’ll likely won’t even remember her cleft … and neither will anyone else.
6. Hayden is grinning again! Going to the dentist can be a challenge for Hayden, a strawberry blonde 10-year-old who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair to get around. His mom, Julie McCauley, worried about everything from navigating his wheelchair in the dentist’s office to being able to explain his condition. That’s why Akron Children’s recently opened Celeste Myers Dental Clinic is such a relief for Julie and other parents whose children need a little extra support when going to the dentist.
7. In-utero Abigail was diagnosed not only with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), but with a congenital heart defect called AVSD that would require surgery soon after she was born. Mom Amy Tippets shares how helpful Dr. Grace Smith was to her growing family, as her support system was 2,000 miles away during diagnosis, birth and surgery.
10. 10-year-old Benjamin Dworning made some big friends in Washington, D.C., today, including Sen. Sherrod Brown and Congressman Tim Ryan. His family represented us to speak about Medicaid for Children’s Hospital Association’s annual Family Advocacy Day.