When Naiima Oden was born prematurely, her mother Markita Batties expected things to go just as they had for her first child, Amirah, who was also premature and spent the first few weeks in Akron Children’s neonatal intensive care unit. However, Naiima’s situation was much different. She spent the first 2½ months of her life […]
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As 7-year-old Isabella Pirogowicz moves a controller with her hand, an animated monkey correspondingly stretches his long hand to pop a bubble. Isabella probably thinks she is just playing a fun computer game, but there’s actually more at play. The game is therapy, helping Isabella, who has mild cerebral palsy, expand the range of motion […]
On the eve of the first practice of the 2014-15 basketball season, Norton High School’s Jimi Howell ran after a loose ball during open gym, made a cut and went down. The pain behind her right knee was not a good sign. She was happy to later find out her doctor didn’t think she had […]
Erin and Rob Davies of Boardman are not doctors, nor trained ultrasound techs, but even they knew something was wrong when the room suddenly went quiet during their baby’s 20-week ultrasound. The mid-pregnancy anatomy scan is the prenatal visit many parents look most forward to, where they can see their baby forming in the womb […]
In just a matter of minutes, the Spicocchi family expanded its ranks from 4 to 9. Amie and Vince Spicocchi became the proud parents of quintuplets: 4 girls and a boy, all weighing less than 2 lbs. Their eyes were still fused shut, they could not breathe on their own and each had to […]
Makenzie Yovanovich was born with big brown eyes and a sweet disposition, but there was something about her tiny stature that had her parents worried. “She was sort of floppy, even for a newborn,” said Jennifer, Makenzie’s mom. “We could tell something wasn’t right so doctors started testing her right away to figure out […]