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Surgeons reshape baby’s skull to correct rare form of craniosynostosis

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Renae Kovacs may have been born without a soft spot, but her surgeons sure have a soft spot for her. Renae has a rare condition, called trigoncephaly metopic craniosynostosis, that causes the plates of a baby’s skull to fuse together too early to give the brain room to grow properly. Typical babies have a soft spot that allows room for growth.

Getting through surgeries with the help of a “friend”

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When Madison Riley counts to 5 before going into surgery, the last person she sees is the same person she sees when it’s all done – Ron Tharp, a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Akron Children’s Hospital. Some may think this is coincidence, but for the Riley family, having Uncle Ron – as Madison calls him – by her side is a calculated matter of trust.

Emily Parkinson is Scoliosis Strong

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Emily Parkinson turned her deep thoughts, wisdom and experiences since being diagnosed with scoliosis 3 years ago into a piece of art that’s an inspiration to others. The poster, entitled Scoliosis Strong, is a series of encouraging words wrapped around a picture of an S-shaped spine, representing the curve of her own backbone.

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.

Abby’s story – looking back at 5 years of change, hope and healing

Within a weekend, my daughter went from an active high school senior to being diagnosed with a rare and serious disorder in 2009.

Toddler thriving, thanks to Akron Children’s Hospital

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My son, Carter, was born 12 weeks early on June 13, 2012. He was airlifted from MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield to Akron Children’s Hospital. I didn’t have any complications during my pregnancy and we don’t know why he was born prematurely.