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

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


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

Moving the chair to reach more.

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.

When is a heart murmur something more? February is American Heart Month

Dr. Judith Rhee of Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics in Alliance evaluates a patient.

While about 75 percent of kids experience a heart murmur during childhood, most of these murmurs are considered normal and may eventually go away on their own. Sometimes murmurs come and go.

Heart healthy tips for kids: Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals to keep our body healthy.

Did you know that fruits and vegetables are important to eat at every meal? Our bodies get a lot of vitamins and minerals from different colored fruits and vegetables that help our bodies be healthy. You should try to have at least 3 different colored foods at every meal