Mother’s Day is usually a time of celebration, when loved ones get together to honor the matriarch of the family. But for those new mothers whose babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit, the holiday can be overlaid with worry and fear. This year, a group of local residents, hospital staff, volunteers from Kids […]
Lauren Livengood is mother to 1-year-old Natalie, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduate with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects the bone marrow, pancreas and skeletal system. The Livengoods have a long history with Akron Children’s Hospital, including a 9-month hospital stay beginning when Natalie was just 5 months old. Here, Lauren […]
Four years ago on Jan. 21, 2012, we brought our first child, Bekah, home from a 70-day stay in Akron Children’s NICU. For many it would have been a day for celebrating. For me, it was one of the most terrifying days of my life. Three days earlier, Dr. Feick, a neonatologist, had begun prepping […]
For Kyle and Lauren Livengood, there’s no greater gift this holiday season than their 17-month old daughter, Natalie.
When the Maughan triplets donned their capes at their superhero-themed first birthday party, parents Jill and Ed couldn’t help but marvel at how far their children had come. There’s the mover, Charlie, who “took off” at 8 months and claims the entire house as his race track. There’s the comedian, Eddie, whose hobbies include smiling, […]
The beauty of the Akron Children’s Hospital Holiday Tree Festival is often in the stories that inspire people to donate and decorate trees. For one local family, the care they received at Children’s touched them personally, inspired a career and motivated them to give back to the hospital that helped their premature baby boys thrive. […]