Toddler undergoes 51 surgeries, beats many odds


At 3 years old Blake Riggs has faced more challenging and complex medical conditions than most people face in a lifetime. He’s had more than 51 surgeries, and the majority has been to his brain. Blake is a fighter, but it hasn’t been easy. Born on July 19, 2012, Blake was diagnosed at birth with […]

Santa always makes time for these special children

Craniofacial Holidy Party

The smiles say it all. The annual holiday party for Akron Children’s Craniofacial Clinic Parent Network brought lots of good cheer for nearly 200 patients and their parents and siblings last Friday evening. The kids enjoyed a magician, crafts, a pizza dinner and the ever-popular giant parachute that inspires seemingly endless bursts of competitive energy. […]

Diagnosed at birth with cleft palate and Pierre Robin syndrome, Aydan is our little fighter

Ayden has cleft palate and Pierre Robin syndrome

Aydan was born full term but when he was born he was unable to eat or breath on his own. He had to be life-flighted to Akron Children’s Hospital an hour after he was born. We soon found out he was born with a full bilateral cleft palate and Pierre Robin Sequence.

Webbed fingers are most common abnormality of the newborn hand


It was about an hour after birth that the chaos from a C-section finally died down and we decided to count our brand new baby boy’s fingers and toes. It didn’t take long for us to realize that 2 of his fingers were stuck together.

Kids have big smiles for Santa – and their surgeons (Photo Gallery)

Craniofacial Clinic Party 2013

Before the arrival of the big guy with a fuzzy beard and furry red velvet suit, the children attending a holiday party at Akron Children’s Hospital were enthralled by an assortment of creatures featuring natural fur – as well as shells, scales and tails.

Inside the OR: 3 month old has surgery to repair cleft lip (Photo gallery)


Salah and Reem Mustafa knew their fourth child was going to be born with a cleft lip and palate. They learned about the birth defect during a prenatal ultrasound.