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

A day in the life of hospital perfusionists

Tom Murray

Tom Murray and Mike Corrigan like to compare themselves to airline pilots. That’s because their jobs as perfusionists at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center call for them to work in tandem with each other almost daily.

Saving Saige – Akron Children’s doctors find heart defect in the nick of time

Dr. Chandrakant Patel examines Saige.

Dr. Kathryn Helmuth, an Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) physician, who was rounding in the nursery, heard a murmur in a newborn that caused her some concern. The baby was diagnosed with a condition called pulmonary atresia.

Akron Children’s is like family – a life-saving family

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We are so thankful for all of the care we got at Akron Children’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center while I was pregnant with our son, Gabriel. When I was 30 weeks along in my pregnancy, I didn’t feel any movement. My OB did a non stress test and could barely capture his heart. His heart rate looked like Arabic on paper.

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.