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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 […]

Palliative care eases the burden for Akron family

jack-cleavenger

In the spring of 2013, Sandi and David Cleavenger anxiously awaited the birth of their first child. Jack arrived prematurely, and soon after, his parents learned he had a problem with his heart. He was also born with Down syndrome. The couple was shocked by the news.

Former preemie offers unique perspective to parents as NICU nurse

Ashley Morales

Ashley Morales is a nurse in the Beeghly campus neonatal intensive-care unit, but rewind nearly 29 years ago and she was a NICU patient herself after being delivered at just 28 weeks at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital among a set of triplets.

Lifelong bonds form in NICU

Tailyn and Bekah

Friends come about in all sorts of ways. Some grow up together because their parents are friends, some we meet at school or church or the park. Sometimes, in the midst of life, young or old, we end up with people who have things in common with us. We share friends or interests that repeat often enough that we can’t seem to escape knowing one another.

NICU reunion set for June 20 at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus

Michael, Morgan and Mathew Robertson were born 11 weeks premature at the Akron Children’s NICU at St. Elizabeth in 2011.

Some 300 NICU graduates, their families and NICU and special care nursery doctors and staff are expected to attend Akron Children’s first NICU reunion in the Mahoning Valley on June 20 at our Beeghly campus. Reservations are requested by June 1 for this free event.

Daughters happy and healthy after overcoming twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome

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My husband, Ben, and I had identical twin girls born at 29 weeks on January 25, 2014. The girls were born prematurely because of complications due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.