There was a little luck of the Irish and a lot of amazing children in Akron Children’s Hospital’s top “In the Moment” photos in March. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.
1. Meet 7-week-old Madelyn! “It was so scary the entire pregnancy but now she’s nothing but a blessing,” says mom Olivia Waters, who is sharing her story to give hope to other families. She has spina bifida, hydrocephalus, chiari malformation and had numerous surgeries during her 4 weeks in the NICU. She had back closure surgery the day she was born, a colostomy, VAD (ventricular access devices) then a VP (ventriculoperitoneal) shunt. The NICU team was beyond perfect and everyone else in the hospital.
6. 5-year-old Brock Austin is very brave each and every time his gastro-jejunal (G-J) tubes are replaced. Child Life Specialist Betsy Cetnarowski is by his side to help when he gets anxious. (Day in the Life of a Child Life Specialist)
7. For 9 years, Kiersten, 12, battled epilepsy so bad that she had seizures lasting 45 minutes and was unable to speak. But her life took a turn for the better when her mom, Amanda N. Cazzell, turned to Akron Children’s and Dr. Thomas Enlow for help. He found the right treatment “recipe” to get her life back on track.
9. Connected to an IV pole? No problem, says Child Life Specialist DeAnne Bunevich, kids can still get out of their rooms. A new caterpillar shaped wagon helped 5-year-old Sabastian “inch” around the Beeghly campus for some fun with his mom Victoria Taylor of West Middlesex, PA, recently.