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Transplanting a pediatric cardiology program to Haiti takes team effort

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For the past 2 years, children have been leaving Haiti – 2 at a time a few times a year – to come to Akron Children’s to have their heart defects repaired. But for each of these life-saving procedures we have performed, there are hundreds of children back in Haiti waiting for their turn. In many cases, time runs out.

Oak Center for Global and Adoptive Health celebrates 10 years

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As Dr. Ellen Kempf wraps up a 35-year career in medicine, she reflects on her grand achievement – the creation of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Oak Center for Global and Adoptive Health. For the past 10 years, Dr. Kempf has been a lifeline for parents on their adoption journey. Here, she discusses how it all began. […]

Haitian toddler had angels in Akron this holiday season

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We often hear words like “joy,” “blessing” and “good will” during the holidays. They are in our greeting cards and the songs of the season, but sometimes they become more than just words.

Helping Haiti: ‘We’ve done really some good work’

Dr. Ellen Kempf examines 2-year-old Nyderson Deris, who was brought to Akron Children's from Haiti for surgery to repair his heart defect.

Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.

Lean for Haiti

Two Haitian Girls Hugging

Russell Maroni shares his experience as a healthcare missionary One year ago, Haiti was struck by a catastrophic, 7.0-magnitude earthquake. In the days that followed, reports of the devastation flooded in. More than 1,700 miles away, Russell Maroni was working as an X-ray technologist at Akron Children’s Hospital. Married with a baby on the way […]

Haiti: Orphans in Fondwa

Saturday We spent a few hours away from Saint Damien’s Hospital. Went out to a rural village, Fondwa, which is a 2-hour drive up in the mountains.   This is the village Sister Judy was living/working in when the earthquake hit. The village was destroyed.  Amazing how roads are still piled with rocks and rubble; buildings still […]