Care to last a lifetime

Nearly 2 decades of care creates a lifelong bond with 19-year-old Joey Penko and his family. When he graduated from Copley High School in May, family and friends couldn’t wait to celebrate with him – including his extended family at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Heading back to school with self-esteem in place

Elijah Bell was born 8 years ago without ears, but you would never know that by looking at him today. His ear transformation has taken place over the past 3 years as he has undergone 5 surgeries with Dr. Ananth Murthy, who uses cartilage from Elijah’s own rib cage to craft the ears.

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

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

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.