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

Baby Jackson battles against the odds with heart (Video)

Jackson Straits

Jackson Straits has defied the odds. Diagnosed with non-immune fetal hydrops at 27 weeks gestation, this often fatal form of prenatal heart failure caused Jackson to develop fluid around his heart. Strong family faith along with the care of 3 Akron Children’s specialists came together to give him the best chance at life.

The road leading to the light at the end of the tunnel

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From sepsis to open heart surgery to getting the breathing tube removed, a lot has happened to Harper Cunningham in the weeks she has been in the PICU.

Unexpected journey begins after newborn daughter is diagnosed with Down syndrome and heart defect

Harper Grace Cunningham was born on March 3 at 1 p.m.

As March 3 quickly approached, I prepared my 1st grade classroom at Walker Elementary School in Canton for my long-term substitute. My husband, Aaron, a sergeant in the Ohio National Guard, prepared his tasks for the 2 weeks he’d be out. My 2-year-old son, Landon, and 8-year-old stepdaughter, Kaitlyn, ran around with excitement as the arrival of their little sister grew closer.

My son can offer hope for others with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

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March 15 is the 4-year anniversary of my son’s RF ablation surgery performed by Dr. John Clark to fix his congenital WPW (Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome). My son, Dakota Dunwiddie, was diagnosed when he was 1 month old. He is now 16 and consistently has a grade point average of 4.0, or close to it. He is very […]

Remembering the peace of heart surgery 2 years later

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Two years ago I spent four of the most peaceful hours of my life sitting in the surgical waiting area of Akron Children’s Hospital. To this day I am surprised each time I look back at just how at ease I felt during the time Rebekah was undergoing open heart surgery.

Heart healthy tips for kids: Water

We need to drink water every day because it cleanses and purifies our body.

Water is a great choice to keep a healthy heart because it has no calories and no artificial ingredients. It replaces our sweat loss after exercise and it can help prevent dizziness and headaches.