Newborn screen to detect congenital heart defects saves lives

Taylor Lightner

Brittani Hill credits her daughter’s life to Ohio’s newest addition to its newborn screening law, which requires the use of pulse oximetry to detect critical congenital heart disease. Her daughter, Taylor Lightner, seemed normal at birth but nurses at Alliance Community Hospital questioned the newborn’s oxygen level when doing the newly required test. Taylor was sent […]

Tears of joy after seeing our son pink for the first time after open heart surgery


One year ago around 8 a.m. we handed our son Jonathan at 10 months old, over to his heart surgeon for his second open heart surgery. When the surgeon came to talk to us about the surgery, they told us our son was pink. Tears came falling down, tears of relief.

Meet Our Amazing Angel Cam: Hypoplastic right ventricle


As I sit back and reflect on this past year, I can’t help but shed tears of both happiness and sadness. We are coming up to Cam’s first Birthday, a day that I feared we would never see.

Artists with heart (Photo gallery)

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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 […]

My “Every Day Hero” Dr. John Clark

Daniel pictured in June at Cub Creek Animal Science Camp (Rolla, MO), where he spent a week learning about and caring for animals in a Junior Vet program.

My “every day hero” is my cardiologist Dr. John Clark. I chose this amazing hero because he saved my life!

Fetal echocardiogram at 21 weeks looks promising

At 21 weeks everything is looking good.

We met Dr. Vande Kappelle when Bekah was about 52 hours old. Right from the start Christopher and I loved him and his incredible way of helping to calm us in the midst of one of the scariest days of my life.