There’s a reason Callista and Jason Puchmeyer named their daughter after their doctor, Dr. Melissa Mancuso. After 29 ultrasounds and 3 in utero transfusions, Vincenza Melissa William Puchmeyer was delivered safe and sound Nov. 14 at 33 weeks gestation. The Puchmeyer family doesn’t believe the stork had anything to do with the most recent blessing […]
Families share their experiences with Akron Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
When Devika Walia was born at Wooster Community Hospital on Oct. 1, 1999, at 23 weeks gestation, she weighed a mere 1 pound, 6 oz. – her premature birth made all the more harrowing because her mother delivered 3 babies that day. Doctors told the triplets’ parents they likely only had hours to live. Although […]
For anyone who has witnessed the medical journey a baby goes through in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), there’s no denying it’s extraordinary. For Ted and Kathleen Ampazis of Wooster, their son’s NICU stay was like many – equal parts joy and worry – and also just the beginning of his remarkable achievements. Their […]
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 […]
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,” […]