Celebrating hearts in March


We think about hearts a lot here at our house. In fact, while everyone else celebrates hearts in February, we reserve most of our excitement for March 6, Happy Heart Day, the day of Bekah’s open heart surgery.

My newborn’s journey from open heart surgery to health


I smile whenever I watch my son, Christian, run, play or just be a normal toddler. It’s in these carefree moments that I reflect on how this energetic 2-year-old is not only my sweet, spunky and stubborn boy – he’s also my miracle. Because two years ago, he was in a fight for his life at Akron Children’s Hospital.

When is a heart murmur something more? February is American Heart Month

Dr. Judith Rhee of Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrics in Alliance evaluates a patient.

While about 75 percent of kids experience a heart murmur during childhood, most of these murmurs are considered normal and may eventually go away on their own. Sometimes murmurs come and go.

Artists with heart (Photo gallery)

Picture 020-web

Thanks to the generosity of a grateful mother, the walls at Akron Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center are coming alive with our patients’ best artwork. The artwork was recently donated to the Heart Center by Tiffini Wright, whose son, Dominic, was born with a congenital heart defect and received treatment at the hospital. The pieces are […]

Meet Katherine, the Little Engine That Could (Video) Katherine doesn't let 15 heart procedures slow her down


When you meet Katherine, you’ll be immediately drawn in by her vivacious personality, seemingly endless energy, and love for dance and performing. What you won’t notice are the 15 procedures she’s had on her heart, all before turning 12.

Diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at 3 days old


During the nine months of pregnancy no one noticed a thing wrong with any ultrasounds or the baby’s heartbeat.