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Mom organizes a fun 5K to celebrate her daughter’s recovery, thank caregivers

Emily's mom is planning a joyful 5K race to celebrate her daughter's recovery and to thank Akron Children's PICU staff.

Almost a year to the date of her daughter’s hospitalization and struggle to survive a life-threatening case of encephalitis, Gretchen Naumoff is planning a joyous 5K race to celebrate life and thank the caregivers in Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

Akron Children’s PICU became a home away from home

Savannah with Dr. Vivek.

Our little miracle, Savannah, or as she would come to be known by her nickname, Savvy G, was born last July weighing a mere 1 lb., 2 oz. On Jan. 19, she aspirated fluids into her lungs and we took her to Akron Children’s Hospital.

A new surprise: Being admitted in the PICU

Holding mommy

I never thought the morning I brought my daughter to Akron Children’s ER that I would still be sitting here in the hospital, 31 days later. The first week of May I started to notice some signs that concerned me. Harper was paler than normal, coughing, but not a sick cough, and didn’t seem like herself. I called her cardiologist to get his opinion. He said it sounded like her failure was getting worse, which was expected. He wanted her cough checked out to make sure nothing else was going on.

Critical Acclaim: Intensive care doctor wins Akron Children’s Distinguished Service Award

John and Sharon Pope have been married for 31 years and have 2 sons, Sean and Ryan.

Dr. John Pope won the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. Described as an unsung hero of the critical care department, Dr. Pope is a talented caregiver who gives back to the community and travels to Haiti on medical missions.

Uncovering the mystery: Toddler diagnosed with rare muscular disorder

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If anyone needs an example of resilience, they need to look no further than 2-year-old Jack Lee. Jack arrived at the neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children’s Hospital on Oct. 4, 2011 – 7 weeks premature and struggling to breathe.

Meet the Kneppers: Settling in to new family routine

The Knepper family

Like many young couples, Mark and Jennifer Knepper of Streetsboro looked forward to starting a family. When their first child, Olivia, was about 1 year old, they found out Jennifer was pregnant with identical twin girls.