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Why the NICU in the Mahoning Valley holds a special place in my family’s heart

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96 days. That’s how long it took to bring my family of 5 together under the same roof. Our twins, Harper and Paige, were born at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown last November at just 25 weeks and 5 days. Both girls weighed a little more than a pound, and they were immediately transported […]

Standing tall: Scoliosis surgeries help straighten severe curvature of 10 year old’s spine

Shannon is now 2 1/2 inches taller after Dr. Bono (right) performed her scoliosis surgeries.

Shannon Stapleton, of Mansfield, was diagnosed with scoliosis about 2 years ago when her cardiologist C.R. Patel noticed the “S” curve of her spine during an annual appointment. He referred her to Dr. Kenneth Bono, who diagnosed her with a nearly 100-degree curvature.

A girl & her dog: This dynamic duo fights back against diabetes

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Like any person with type 1 diabetes, Brianna Carr experiences quick changes in her blood sugar levels. The otherwise healthy, active 12 year old has her parents, Brad and Heather, and her medical team to help monitor her illness. She also has Rosie, a yellow Labrador retriever trained to recognize and alert others whenever Brianna’s blood sugar becomes too high or too low.

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.

Mom organizes a fun 5K to celebrate her daughter’s recovery, thank caregivers

Emily's mom is planning a joyful 5K race to celebrate her daughter's recovery and to thank Akron Children's PICU staff.

Almost a year to the date of her daughter’s hospitalization and struggle to survive a life-threatening case of encephalitis, Gretchen Naumoff is planning a joyous 5K race to celebrate life and thank the caregivers in Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.