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Families and patients share their experiences with the Akron Children's Hospital Heart Center.

A mission with heart: Day 3 in Haiti

alcineous of haiti

A group of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the last of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there. Read Part 1 and […]

A mission with heart: Day 2 in Haiti

Diane performs a cardiac sonography on young patient

Many of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the second installment of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there.

A mission with heart: Day 1 in Haiti

Dr. Grace Smith holding Joe Marvens

Many of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the first installment of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there.

Meet Andrew: Making the transition from pediatric to adult congenital heart care

Andrew Testa

When Andrew Testa was born in June 1995, his parents, Joe and Lisa, of Green, thought they had a healthy baby boy on their hands. Little did they know their world was about to change. A routine checkup at 4 months old revealed Andrew had a heart murmur, which earned him a referral to Akron Children’s cardiology department.

Tears of joy after seeing our son pink for the first time after open heart surgery

jonathan-portrait

One year ago around 8 a.m. we handed our son Jonathan at 10 months old, over to his heart surgeon for his second open heart surgery. When the surgeon came to talk to us about the surgery, they told us our son was pink. Tears came falling down, tears of relief.

It’s birthday time

Bekah on her new birthday bike

Four years ago we were struggling with infertility, and the idea that we may never have the chance to be parents was very real, and very sad. Then, 3 years ago Bekah was born and we learned the fast and cold truth that not every baby is born a warm and cuddly bundle of joy.