Following a summer accident, a Canfield family is thankful treatment was available locally. On July 11, 2019, Brock Baker fell out of a tree house, breaking his arm. When his friend called Brock’s mother, Kym, she told him to go to Akron Children’s Hospital Emergency Department in Boardman. Kym works for the hospital as director […]
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At 2 days old, Hannah Jabbour had surgery to close the half dollar-sized opening in the base of her spine, but only time would tell how her spina bifida would impact her everyday life. “While in the NICU, Hannah also needed a shunt placed to drain the spinal fluid from her skull due to her hydrocephalus,” […]
In the fall or 2020, we introduced you to Kamryn who was hoping to celebrate her first birthday and first anniversary of no pain episodes due to her sickle cell disease. On Sickle Cell Awareness Day, we’re happy to report she was able to celebrate both! While COVID-19 kept many of us from doing ordinary things, it […]
As Alexandra (Alex) Lucas and her mom raced down a grocery store aisle for an urgent visit to the bathroom, they found themselves in a very different kind of emergency situation. Upon entering a stall, Alex, just 5 years old, went into cardiac arrest. “Alex fell face-first onto the floor. I thought she must have […]
As a senior at Field High School, Delaney Streby discovered a large lump on her neck, which prompted a referral to pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Mamatha Kambalapalli, who leads the Pediatric Thyroid Program at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Initially my primary care doctor thought it might be due to swollen lymph nodes,” Delaney said. Dr. Kambalapalli ordered […]
When Megan Carey was pregnant with her son, Josh, an amniocentesis revealed he carried the mutation for cystic fibrosis (CF), a progressive, genetic disorder that causes frequent lung infections and can impair breathing. Questioned by her doctors about whether she wanted to continue the pregnancy, Megan says there was never a doubt. “I had half-sisters […]