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Remembering the peace of heart surgery 2 years later

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Two years ago I spent four of the most peaceful hours of my life sitting in the surgical waiting area of Akron Children’s Hospital. To this day I am surprised each time I look back at just how at ease I felt during the time Rebekah was undergoing open heart surgery.

Meet Our Amazing Angel Cam: Hypoplastic right ventricle

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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.

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.

A heart-felt thank you for helping our son, Daniel

Megan Taylor and Alex Maicks hold their newborn son, Daniel.

I am a 19 year old stay-at-home mother to my now almost 3-month-old son, Daniel. We are originally from Uhrichsville, Ohio, but we moved to Columbus in August with Daniel’s dad, Alex, 22, while he finished his senior year of college at OSU.

Diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at 3 days old

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