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.

A special gift for my only child – one of my kidneys


Josephine “Josie” Greco was born via an emergency C-section at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. She should not have survived her traumatic birth. But, she did. On her seventh day of life, Josie and I were transferred to the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron.

Meet Jayce, the Medical Miracle (Videos) Super-preemie finds brighter future through non-invasive eye treatment

Dr. Elena Rossi looks into Jayce's eyes.

After overcoming ovarian cancer, Lacey Collins was told she would never be able to have children. So when she learned she was pregnant with her little boy, Jayce, she was thrilled. Jayce was her little miracle who came along when she least expected it.

My tiny trooper Thanks to the NICU staff


Noah was born at 28 weeks gestation, weighing only 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Noah spent almost 2 months in the NICU at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Seven precious hours


Hello! So, I’ve been meaning to write this for the last four years, but in all honesty, time has gotten away from me. I figured better late than never. My only request is that you please pass this on to the nurses in the NICU, even if they don’t remember my story or my daughter, […]

Akron Children’s helped with my early blessing


My husband and I had difficulty getting pregnant, and after two early losses we were excited to learn I was pregnant again, this time with a healthy child. The whole pregnancy was beautiful, until suddenly on Dec. 29, 2010, I went into premature labor. Despite best efforts to stop it, my son, Gage, was born at 31 and 1/2 weeks.