Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kerwyn Jones treats many young athletes dealing with injury and pain. Then there’s 13-year-old Brenna David, a player like none other. Born with a disease that robs her legs of mobility, Brenna plays basketball and softball with gusto. She’s endured pain, disability and about 20 surgeries, but rarely complains. “She’s a motivational […]
When Aiden Thompson takes to the baseball field, he not only looks like he belongs there, he plays like he belongs there. Aiden is a natural athlete who happens to wear a prosthesis, as well as a pair of cleats, but one would never know thanks to a decision his parents made long before his […]
I want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the entire staff at Akron Children’s Boardman and Akron Children’s Akron. My son suffered a football injury on the field Friday night. That resulted in a broken right arm. He was sent via ambulance to Akron Children’s Boardman campus where they did an x-ray. He was […]
For weeks before foot and ankle surgery, 12-year-old Malia Marinos talked a lot about the color of her cast. “She was thrilled when they had neon green,” said her mom, Karen. Little did they know, the doctor had an idea to make the cast even more special for Malia. Karen recounts that after surgery Dr. […]
A child frolicking in a kiddie pool is usually a comforting sign of summer. For the Rupp family, it started an unexpected journey into a rare disorder. Austin Rupp was a typical 21-month-old boy in that pool last July, until he fell down and his leg twisted into an unnatural shape. Austin’s father, Drew Rupp, […]
After a long weekend of playing multiple soccer games on hard, dry grass, I can distinctly remember walking around like a geriatric man after a workout at Silver Sneakers. I limped around making painful noises and whining about heel pain. My heels became very sore, felt swollen, and were tender to touch. Although I didn’t know it at the time, I probably had Sever’s disease.