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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 five 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. As captain of the soccer team, student council president, and a participant of many other school activities, Abby was always on the go with lots of energy. But suddenly, simple tasks became […]

Toddler thriving, thanks to Akron Children’s Hospital

carter-carpenter

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.

Tyler Jordan: a 14 year old full of pranks and spunk

Tyler with his parents

Tyler Jordan’s family first came to Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley when he was 8 years old to be treated for cerebral palsy, because of its close location to their home in Niles. His mom, Glenna, remembers being told when Tyler was born that he would never walk, talk, etc. We are happy to say […]

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

Oltmann mom with child

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.