There was a time, not so long ago, when our family measured life by days…minutes…and breaths taken. Each day was a blessing, and we recognized the true miracles we were witnessing. On Nov. 12, 2013, our daughters Paige and Harper came into this world fighting. They arrived too soon at 25 weeks and 5 days […]
Families share their experiences with Akron Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
I remember the excitement of my high school and college graduations. I was also excited (and a little sad) to watch Bekah this past spring as she graduated from preschool. So far, though, no graduation has surpassed the amazing (and a little scary) feeling of the day we brought home our NICU graduate. Looking back […]
Identical, twin girls Spencer and Sawyer Miller were born on Jan. 25, 2014, prematurely at 29 weeks due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Spencer was the recipient twin and weighed 2lbs. 6 oz. and Sawyer was the donor twin and weighed 2 lbs. 2 oz. After spending 55 days at Akron Children’s neonatal intensive care unit […]
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 […]
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 […]