Friendships and memories were sprinkled throughout our August “In the Moment” photos. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.
4. Meet 6-year-old Josephine! She was born 11 weeks early and spent her first 9 weeks in our NICU. “Your care seems to have rubbed off on her,” wrote her mom, Marion Brannon. “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.”
5. Axl has endured 18 brain surgeries/shunt revisions since he was just 5 weeks old. Now, he’s celebrating a major milestone: 1 year since a surgery. Here’s wishing the 8-year-old with hydrocephalus more years of good health!
6. At 26, Chanté Kightlinger has overcome amazing medical obstacles – 29 surgeries in all – including life-saving procedures for hydrocephalus and spina bifida at birth, as well as complex corrections for clubbed feet and strabismus. While the odds weren’t always in her favor, Chanté defied them thanks, in part, to her strong will and support from others. Today, she’s a dedicated hospital volunteer.
7. Dr. Kevin Watson and the staff of 7200 (infant/pre-school unit) are feeling the love. Thanks to Amber Heil for sharing kind words about her 3-year-old daughter Adelynn’s admission for severe constipation.
9. Since 7-month-old Brendan was born with plagiocephaly, characterized by a flat spot on the head, his parents, Emily and Justin Davis, knew he would need to wear a head-shaping helmet from the Akron Children’s Plastic, Reconstructive and Craniofacial Surgery Center for 23 hours a day for 12-14 weeks. To make it a little more fun for Brendan, and a little less intimidating for others, they worked with an artist to take his helmet Back to the Future!
10. What started 7 summers ago at Akron Children’s Diabetes Camp for Alivia Butterworth, Marley Grimm, Jamie Goldman, and June Hooper has now become a bond of friendship that goes beyond their common diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.