In many ways, Dr. Michael Spector, associate division director of cardiovascular surgery and pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, will always be a kid at heart. He grew up in an era of home chemistry sets, where budding chemists sometimes strayed into experiments that led to small explosions and smoke bombs. And while this may have provoked his […]
Families and patients share their experiences with the Akron Children's Hospital Heart Center.
Ethan Rutherford is your typical 14-year-old boy. He enjoys bowling on his junior league, racing go-karts and working to complete all the requirements to become an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. On Jan. 20, his world flipped upside down when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. Ethan and his family had plans […]
Jessica Culbert was desperate for medical treatment to fix a defect in her heart’s electrical circuitry that caused an abnormally fast heartbeat. The defect, called supraventricular tachycardia, at times pushed Jessica’s heart rate as high as 240 beats per minute. She never knew when it might come on or how long it would last. It […]
Pediatric Cardiologist Dr. John Clark stood over a patient who was under anesthetic for a heart catheterization procedure at Akron Children’s Hospital. He pointed to a red image shaped like a caterpillar on the wide screen. That’s the ablation catheter inside her heart. He will use the catheter tip to destroy an abnormal electrical pathway […]
In retrospect it all happened so fast. Linda and Ryan Amstutz watched in disbelief as their 3-year-old son, Colton, went from his normal, happy life of perpetual motion to his admission to pediatric intensive care, where doctors told them his young heart was failing and he might need to be put on the list for […]
In his first months of life, Caden Jacobson slept a lot more than his mother, Amanda, thought was normal. He mostly ate and slept, and he wasn’t growing much either. A first-grade teacher from Wooster, Amanda knew something was not right. Numerous trips to doctors didn’t point to any medical causes for Caden’s lethargy. But […]