Nicholas Sender, 8, has had a mass on his right flank since birth. His parents Heather Layne and Paul Sender knew it was time to have it removed when Nicholas recently started feeling uncomfortable. When they scheduled the surgery with Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Robert Parry, among the litany of presurgery questions Nicholas was asked was […]
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Five-year-old Eva Xu’s mother called her daughter’s cancer diagnosis a ‘blessing in disguise’ for how it brought their family closer and exposed an inner strength they didn’t realize they had. “Even though it’s a horrible thing, it all depends on how you look at it,” said Eva’s mother, Michelle Chen of Youngstown. “We’ve grown so […]
Tonight marks 2 milestones for 20-year-old Bryce Swartz with spina bifida: Receiving his Norton High School diploma and walking the stage at the Akron Civic Theatre to receive it from his father, Rod Swartz, a teacher and coach at Norton High School. His longtime physical therapy assistant at Akron Children’s Hospital, Turranna Rice, will help […]
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 […]
Before we found out that Nicole was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, we decided to start her stage 2 baby food. At 6 months old, she was already on special baby formula because she had gas, spit up and skin issues. We gave her baby macaroni and cheese and mixed berries for the first […]
After two life-altering events, the Russ family shares an unbreakable bond with Akron Children’s Hospital. In 2005, Ron and Maureen Russ’ newborn daughter Madison passed away from a brain malformation. Three years later, 6-month-old son Jack lost his life after a car accident. Ron, Maureen and their other children – Casey, Bailey, Emma and Alexis […]