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

Treasuring Levi’s “discharge day” from the NICU

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Our son, Levi, was born one month early via emergency C-section on April 1. He was resuscitated at birth and transported immediately from Akron General to Akron Children’s Hospital, where he received Cold Cap therapy for 72 hours.

NICU nurse honored for dedication, caring attitude

Rita Vitale, RN, teaches a new mom different massage techniques on her son, Giovanni, in the NICU.

Rita Vitale, RN, strives to involve parents in the care of their baby and to keep the NICU safe. Recently, she was honored with the Faces of Care Award for her dedication to her patients, families and co-workers.

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.

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.