A mission with heart: Day 3 in Haiti

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A group of Akron Children’s doctors, nurses and staff travel regularly to Haiti to help care for the sick children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital. This post is the last of a 3-part series by Dr. Grace Smith, who gives a first-person account of her most recent medical mission trip there. Read Part 1 and […]

Tears of joy after seeing our son pink for the first time after open heart surgery


One year ago around 8 a.m. we handed our son Jonathan at 10 months old, over to his heart surgeon for his second open heart surgery. When the surgeon came to talk to us about the surgery, they told us our son was pink. Tears came falling down, tears of relief.

Haitian toddler had angels in Akron this holiday season


We often hear words like “joy,” “blessing” and “good will” during the holidays. They are in our greeting cards and the songs of the season, but sometimes they become more than just words.

Helping Haiti: ‘We’ve done really some good work’

Dr. Ellen Kempf examines 2-year-old Nyderson Deris, who was brought to Akron Children's from Haiti for surgery to repair his heart defect.

Since making his first trip to Haiti in 2010, following that country’s devastating earthquake, Dr. Jeff Kempf has been humbled by the progress made by his Akron Children’s Hospital team and a larger coalition that now includes five other U.S. children’s hospitals.

Diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot at 3 days old


During the nine months of pregnancy no one noticed a thing wrong with any ultrasounds or the baby’s heartbeat.

Our miracle – Presley thriving after being born with severe heart defects

My son, Presley, was born with congestive heart failure, VSD, and tetralogy of fallot. He had his first open heart surgery when he was 5 1/2 months old, and his second when he was 2. Dr. Grace Smith has been Presley’s cardiologist since he was 2 months old. She is great and has always been […]