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Pioneering cardiologist saves the day for pregnant mom and her twins

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Learning your pregnant with identical twins can make any 27-year-old’s heart pound a little quicker. But Meredith Stone, of Strongsville, knew it had to be caused by something more than first pregnancy jitters.

Finding a formula for success

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In the midst of our other September activities, we did still have to do the more mundane things, like go to appointments. Last month, Bekah decided to make even those exciting.

Getting to the heart of the matter

Sarah holds Rebekah in the NICU

We’ve reached the point where, for us at least, everything revolves around Rebekah’s heart. If she isn’t eating, if she isn’t awake as much, if she isn’t gaining weight, if she’s fussy, if she just doesn’t seem right — is it heart related? Everything relates back to her heart for us, even if it doesn’t […]

Taking the long way to Akron

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As soon as she was born, Rebekah spent a few hours under an oxygen hood at Trumbull Memorial. Nurses took blood and they reassured us that she’d probably be fine. A few hours later, we met the transport team that took her to St. Elizabeth’s. At St. E’s the nurses became our best friends. They […]

Center’s doctors have heart

Abby with her "baby" Odie

I am so grateful to everyone at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center and ICU. It will be 3 years ago this March that Dr. Jacobstein detected the aorta coarctation of my then 12-year-old daughter, Abby. What a wonderful man! He explained everything so well. Then off we went to Dr. Waight for a stint placement. […]

Our miracle – Presley thriving after being born with severe heart defects

My son, Presley, was born with congestive heart failure, VSD, and tetralogy of fallot. He had his first open heart surgery when he was 5 1/2 months old, and his second when he was 2. Dr. Grace Smith has been Presley’s cardiologist since he was 2 months old. She is great and has always been […]