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

Take Kheira’s birthday card challenge

Kheira and her service dog

Kheira’s service dog passed away unexpectedly on her 13th birthday last year. She’ll get a new dog in January 2015. This year for Kheira’s birthday we want to fill the absence of her best friend and most valued helper with birthday cards. Her birthday is Dec. 14.

My beautiful and strong miracle baby

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I went to Fort Jackson from Ohio, to go to my fiance’s graduation at basic training. I was 21 weeks pregnant. The night we came back I was having really bad pains, but I ignored them because I didn’t want to feel guilty for waking my mom up to take me to the triage.

Trees sparkle with inspiration at the Holiday Tree Festival

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As you walk past the Angel’s Wings tree at the 33rd annual Holiday Tree Festival, the first thing you notice is the large, carefully-crafted angel wings at the top. But, if you stop to take a closer look, you notice a framed picture of a bright-eyed, dimple-checked little boy who serves as the tree’s inspiration. […]

Calling Akron Children’s NICU Alumni Photos needed for Tree Festival's Cap & Bootie tree

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Families of NICU alumni are encouraged to send photos for inclusion in the 2014 Cap and Bootie tree.

Born at 27 weeks gestation, twins thrive after spending months in NICU

Livvi and Henry at first birthday party

My twins, Henry and Olivia, were born on Sept. 23, 2013. They came into this world at the small hospital in my town at 27-weeks gestational age. Henry was born after one hour of labor and weighed 2 lbs., 13 oz. Livvi was more stubborn and the doctors had to perform an emergency C-section.

A long 87 days in the NICU

Sariah Lynn at 8 months

When I was only 6 months pregnant, I went to Akron City Hospital’s ER because I was in so much pain and was admitted due to high blood pressure. As it turns out, I had severe pre-eclampsia.