At Akron Children’s Hospital, one of our resolutions for 2019 is to do everything possible to ensure there are many more memorable moments for the children and families. Below are our top “In the Moment” posts from 2018. We invite you to take a glance at those you may have missed, or a second peek at those you’ve already enjoyed.2. Baby’s first Halloween! All 57 families in our Akron neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) had a fun “reverse trick-or-treat” when staff visited rooms with treats and handmade costumes for all. 3. Baby’s first Christmas! Santa made the holiday season much brighter for 63 families and their precious babies in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 4. After countless treatments and trips to Akron Children’s throughout the past year, Thursday was full of good surprises at the hospital. Hallie Auth’s caregivers sang to her in the exam room and presented a cake, card, and Bravery Award for her to take home. Then, on her way out of the hematology/oncology clinic, more than 20 staff members showered her with ribbons, high fives, hugs and best wishes. 5. Our windows are “super” clean, thanks to the super hero window washers from American National Skyline, Inc. who returned for their annual visit. Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Iron Man, Captain America and Wolverine brightened our windows and the day for our patients, their families and our staff!
7. Imagine breaking 32+ bones at once. Sadly, that happened to 17-year-old Rybecca in a car crash, but the heroic actions of off-duty officer Tye Lauener of the City of Alliance Police Department saved her life.
8. 12-year-old Mason Morris was burned over more than 80% of his body on July 11. Three months later, he was well enough to go home. 100+ family and friends from Manchester Middle School came in matching shirts to witness it!10. 4-year-old Kaleia finishes 2.5 years of chemotherapy for leukemia!
13. We encouraged families who knew a child with a chronic illness or cancer (and their siblings) to sign them up for the Valentine’s Project. Each child received a special package on Valentine’s Day.
14. Born with a cleft lip and palate, heart defects and respiratory failure, Tailyn spent her first 222 days in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). But after more than 20 surgeries, a tracheotomy and a vent, she proudly left home for her first day of kindergarten with all of the other kids her age.15. Not so long ago in a galaxy we call home, Zachary and Elijah Kitzberger received Star Wars-themed R2-D2 and BB-8 cranial remodeling helmets to treat their positional plagiocephaly.
16. It was an exciting day for the Perry family. Their twins Emma Grace & Eli were finally making the long drive home to family in Florida! They were born 8 weeks early in Akron while escaping Hurricane Irma then spent 100+ days in our NICU.17. Meet 83-year-old Cathy Stenger (left) and 101-year-old Rose Carlson! Both are very dedicated hospital volunteers.
18. Landry Cole isn’t letting a brain tumor, stroke and seizures get in her way! The 17 year old took a big step and went home after spending several weeks in inpatient rehabilitation at Akron Children’s.