One of the dreaded complications of sickle cell disease happens when sickle-shaped red blood cells cause large amounts of blood to pool in the spleen. It happened to Karson George of Canton in August 2019, when he was 9 months old. Normal red blood cells are round and flexible, allowing them to flow easily through […]
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It started more than 5 years ago when a patient asked Dr. Katrina Lindsay how he could meet other kids who were like him. Since then, T.I.C. (Together in the Community) Night Out, a social event for Dr. Lindsay’s patients in her Tics and Tourette Service has grown and the fun has spread from […]
At the tender age of 24 hours old, Isaac Lauper underwent his very first surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital. Born with spina bifida myelomeningocele (a neural tube defect where the spine is exposed), Isaacs’s spine needed to be surgically closed after birth. Due to many other conditions that are secondary to his spina bifida, Isaac […]
Looking at Dana Dawson’s babies today, no one would guess they started their lives with an extended hospital stay. Weighing about 12 pounds each at just 5 months old, the mom of four said, “They’re chunky and love to laugh.” The bouncing baby boys, Amari and Kaiden, spent their first 53 days at Akron Children’s […]
For a pediatric brain tumor patient, one of the most celebrated measures of success is becoming a survivor. Amelia Hartong of Massillon became a survivor at just 1-year-old and now, age 5, she reminds us all that the best measure of success is happiness. “Amelia is thriving, and we celebrate it, but her success and […]
In just a matter of weeks, Jamie Mariol and Ronnie Hitchings, of Massillon, went from having mild concern about their 4-year-old daughter, Raven, not using her left hand as she typically did, to learning she had a golf-ball size brain tumor. Before they could process this “deer in the headlights moment,” as Jamie called it, […]