Four and a half years ago our almost 4-month-old baby girl had just had open heart surgery. On the day of surgery I fought back tears, tried to be brave, and smiled and waved at her as she was carried away by two loving nurses into surgery. Without surgery Bekah wouldn’t have lived past toddlerhood. […]
Families and patients share their experiences with the Akron Children's Hospital Heart Center.
With recent news that Cavs’ latest trade pick, Channing Frye, was finally cleared to play after his physical, it reminds me of the debate that’s been going on for decades: Should all athletes be screened for enlarged heart syndrome? There are 2 types of enlarged hearts. The first, athletic heart syndrome, is caused by normal […]
While most children switch from pediatric doctors to adult ones around the age of 18, 30-year-old Becky Boyd still comes to Akron Children’s Hospital for specialized treatment for her congenital heart disease. She’s part of a group of adults who receive treatment at Akron Children’s adult congenital heart disease program. “The doctors found out when […]
Gift of Life International (GOLI) is a non-profit organization that facilitates life-saving surgery for children with congenital heart disease who would otherwise not have access to care. St. Damien Pediatric Hospital partnered with GOLI for their first surgical mission in 2015. Through this partnership, our Akron Children’s team went to Haiti in November to help […]
In global health, incredibly difficult situations can arise where we’re unable to cure children because we don’t have the equipment or resources needed. Adding to this frustration is the reality that if these children were lucky enough to live in the U.S. or other developed countries, they would have access to appropriate care. In the […]
Starting school was the furthest thing from Anita Brainard’s mind as she reflected on her son Rian’s life to this point – 4 open heart surgeries, multiple setbacks and recoveries, visions of him with oxygen tubes and other breathing treatment devices, and countless hospital visits all before his fifth birthday.