A neonate breathes with the assistance of a mechanical ventilator – the lifeline of a fragile newborn. As his chest rises and falls, an onlooker may not realize that the child is actually customizing every breath he takes – how fast, how deep, how long – thanks to a cutting-edge ventilation technology called Neurally Adjusted […]
Families share their experiences with Akron Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
One of life’s cardinal rules is that things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes life has a way of throwing you the occasional curve ball, but you learn it’s what you make of those situations that can help carve a new path. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse Amanda Ellis knows this lesson firsthand. […]
In just a matter of minutes, the Spicocchi family expanded its ranks from 4 to 9. Amie and Vince Spicocchi became the proud parents of quintuplets: 4 girls and a boy, all weighing less than 2 lbs. Their eyes were still fused shut, they could not breathe on their own and each had to […]
On July 19 in the third year of her residency, Dr. Rachel Nebelsick, pregnant for the first time, was on rotation at Akron Children’s Hospital when she went into premature labor at 23 weeks. The budding pediatrician was immediately admitted to Cleveland Clinic’s Akron General across the street. It was the start of an ordeal […]
Growing up as a passionate gymnast, Dr. Julia Schaffer knew sticking the landing and keeping her balance were critical to success in the sport. Today, as a neonatologist, these same principles guide her efforts in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus where she’s firmly rooted in caring for the tiniest […]
My wife Amy and I were talking earlier this week and reminiscing about this time 3 years ago. It always brings a somber reminder about one of the toughest things I’ve personally had to go through. On Nov. 14, 2013, one of our triplets Charlie started showing signs of an infection in his stomach while he […]