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Families share their experiences with Akron Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

Thankful to have a gem like Akron Children’s Hospital in our own backyard

Miles at 6 months old

At our 20 week ultrasound we found out Miles had spina bifida. In an instant our world changed forever but we could never imagine how it would be for the better. Maternal Fetal Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital saw us every step of the way and we felt so trusting of the hands our son would be in. When he arrived on May 6, he was taken to the NICU where he would be taken such great care of by the best.

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.

Kent girl will take her zest for life to visit Capitol Hill

Madelyne Williams

The little girl who pushed herself out of her wheelchair to cross the finish line at the 2013 Cleveland Triathlon on her own 2 feet is ready for her next big adventure – meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Madelyne Williams, 9, of Kent, Ohio, will represent Akron Children’s Hospital at this year’s “Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day” June 24, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Association.

Students tickle the ivories to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital (Video)

Piano-a-thon

The sounds of the piano filled the air of Akron Children’s atrium lobby when the Piano-a-thon took place recently to raise money for the hospital. One hundred percent of the event’s proceeds benefit Akron Children’s. As of 2013, the event has raised more than $45,000.

Akron Children’s cares for second set of mono mono twins in same week

Mono Mono Twins

What are the chances of seeing 2 sets of mono mono twins in one week in the same NICU? There’s only a 1 in 10,000 chance that a woman will become pregnant with monoamniotic twins, a condition where twins share the same amniotic sack. So it’s almost a statistical impossibility to have 2 sets of monoamniotic twins residing in the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital.

All Fired Up to help NICU families

NICU Footprints

The first time I heard the acronym “NICU” was in 2006, as the owner of All Fired Up Akron, a paint-your-own pottery and glass fusing studio. I was approached by the March of Dimes to create an event to help families with babies in Akron Children’s NICU to create memories and keepsakes of their precious babies. I jumped at the chance to help parents in need.