Katherine Schroeder was born with a hole in her heart and an abnormal valve, known as congenital heart disease. She then developed other heart defects. She had her first surgery at 1 month old, which repaired the hole in her heart. At 2 months, she had a metal valve put into her chest. And […]
There’s a lot going on at Akron Children’s and in pediatric healthcare, in general, and this section is designed to help keep you in the know.
Two years ago, Kendal Yovanovich started complaining of discomfort while playing sports. “At first we just thought she was complaining to get out of practice,” said mom, Jennifer. “She’d say her knees hurt or her ankles hurt it…When she started crying out in pain and didn’t want to play t-ball, which she loved, we […]
“The last thing I told Colin was don’t forget your helmet,” said Molly Burdette, Colin’s mom. Little did she know that helmet would save Colin’s life later that day. Colin, an avid ATV rider, took to the trails near his house with a couple groups of friends. As Colin rounded a turn so did […]
Just before Evie Densevich turned one, she underwent an 8-hour surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital to rebuild her skull. “Evie’s rear skull sutures fused too early and her head shape was growing very long and narrow, which wasn’t allowing her brain the right amount of space it needed to grow properly,” said Evie’s mother […]
Jack Cleavenger was full of surprises when he was born. Not only did he surprise his parents by arriving early at 34 weeks, he was also born with Down syndrome and a heart problem. “Up to that point, there had been no indication that anything was wrong,” says Sandi, his mother. At just 2 […]
When Parker Ruff was 9 months old, doctors discovered an orange-sized tumor around his kidney and diagnosed him with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that almost always affects infants and young children. “He had to have surgery to remove the tumor and they ended up having to also remove his left kidney and left […]