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Born at 27 weeks gestation, twins thrive after spending months in NICU

Livvi and Henry at first birthday party

My twins, Henry and Olivia, were born on Sept. 23, 2013. They came into this world at the small hospital in my town at 27-weeks gestational age. Henry was born after one hour of labor and weighed 2 lbs., 13 oz. Livvi was more stubborn and the doctors had to perform an emergency C-section.

A long 87 days in the NICU

Sariah Lynn at 8 months

When I was only 6 months pregnant, I went to Akron City Hospital’s ER because I was in so much pain and was admitted due to high blood pressure. As it turns out, I had severe pre-eclampsia.

Toddler thriving, thanks to Akron Children’s Hospital

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My son, Carter, was born 12 weeks early on June 13, 2012. He was airlifted from MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield to Akron Children’s Hospital. I didn’t have any complications during my pregnancy and we don’t know why he was born prematurely.

Cervical cerclage and bed rest gave Noah a fighting chance

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Noah started out while he was in the womb having a hard time. I was 18 weeks and 6 cm dilated. I had to get a cervical cerclage to save Noah and be on complete bed rest. Even with that he had a 50/50 chance.

8th annual Walk for Babies is most successful walk yet

The 8th annual Walk for Babies, an event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the Akron Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), had its most successful event yet on Sept. 21, and raised more than $109,000. Since its start in 2007, Walk for Babies has raised more than $600,000 for the NICU.

NICU grad 31 years later

Casey Newman and Charlotte

I have been reading Akron Children’s blog for a while now, and I always get a special sense of pride when I read about patient success stories and grateful families. I want to share my story too. I am writing to say thank you. I am not writing as a thankful parent or family member, but as a NICU graduate now 31 years old.