We were referred to Akron Children’s Hospital by our pediatrician this summer. On Friday, Oct. 21, my son, Isaac, age 6, had a pre-cancerous birthmark removed from his upper right thigh. This birthmark had doubled in size, began to turn dark brown and feel very rough, like sandpaper. Dr. Murthy is our plastic surgeon. We […]
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Like many children who have experienced a serious illness, Tulasha Prasai wants to be a doctor or nurse when she grows up. In December 2014, Tulasha, 10, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). She received high-intensity chemotherapy in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Tulasha and her family […]
It’s difficult to tell who enjoys their therapy sessions more – speech and language pathologist Emily Waler or 11-year-old Katylynn. Emily has been helping Katylynn expand her language using a communication device known as the Accent 1000. Instead of pressing keys on the device’s screen, Katylynn activates a switch with her hand to select the […]
One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic condition. Before my children were born, I was a registered pharmacist and working full time in pediatrics. I was all too familiar with the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric medicine. I grew up […]
As we approach the 1 year anniversary of our 2 year-old daughter surgery, my wife and I have been reflecting on the journey we’ve been on since Evelyn’s diagnosis of sagittal craniosynostosis back in March of 2015. We want to share with the doctors, nurses and leaders at Akron Children’s Hospital just how profoundly thankful we […]
Vibrant and active Elle Ciavarelli, of Kirtland, Ohio, is a perfect example of how skull abnormalities don’t slow down a child or define one. When Elle was 2 months old her pediatrician and parents noticed her head wasn’t growing at the recommended pace. “Our pediatrician sent us to a geneticist, who then recommended we see […]