When Tyler Wilson was born, his internal organs were like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces in the wrong places. His abdominal organs, including the spleen, part of his stomach and liver, and most of his bowel, were pushed up into his chest. The incursion into the chest cavity stunted development of Tyler’s lungs and forced […]
Families share their experiences with Akron Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
Last July, Stephanie Stoudmire of Canton got news she never imagined possible. She was pregnant. At 38, she had 2 children and 3 stepchildren, and just started a new job as a scheduler for a fire-protection company. After the birth of daughter, Malia, 2 years ago, Stephanie underwent tubal ligation — one of the most […]
Merissa Rodino didn’t expect to be celebrating her first Mother’s Day quite this soon, but when her son was born 6 weeks early last week, she accepted it as a pleasant surprise. “I’m still trying to process what being a mother is like, but part of what makes it special is that it was unexpected,” […]
Recently, families with babies in the Akron Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Akron General got a surprise when the dark and soothing atmosphere gave way to cart after cart of brightly colored gift bags. The bags were a donation from the students at Saint Francis de Sales School in Coventry Township. The group, […]
Despite a perfect pregnancy, Brittany Morse’s little bundle of joy was born 16 weeks early at just 1 pound and 11 ounces. It’s been a long road full of surgeries and prayers the last 6 months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), but baby Brantley is making big strides and his parents are so […]
Prematurity, a baby born more than 3 weeks early, is the No. 1 cause of infant death according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Health. In Summit County alone, 65 percent of infant deaths from 2012-2016 were due to prematurity. While preterm birth can’t always be prevented, moms-to-be can help lower their […]