Makenzie Yovanovich was born with big brown eyes and a sweet disposition, but there was something about her tiny stature that had her parents worried. “She was sort of floppy, even for a newborn,” said Jennifer, Makenzie’s mom. “We could tell something wasn’t right so doctors started testing her right away to figure out […]
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.
It started nearly 10 years ago when Caleb Thurman and his mom, Charice Fort, thought he had the stomach flu. But Caleb only continued to feel worse. After being referred to Akron Children’s Hospital, several tests revealed that Caleb had Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. It’s an autoimmune condition with no […]
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 […]
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 […]