Just before Evie Densevich turned one, she underwent an 8-hour surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital to rebuild her skull. “Evie’s rear skull sutures fused too early and her head shape was growing very long and narrow, which wasn’t allowing her brain the right amount of space it needed to grow properly,” said Evie’s mother […]
Jack Cleavenger was full of surprises when he was born. Not only did he surprise his parents by arriving early at 34 weeks, he was also born with Down syndrome and a heart problem. “Up to that point, there had been no indication that anything was wrong,” says Sandi, his mother. At just 2 […]
When Parker Ruff was 9 months old, doctors discovered an orange-sized tumor around his kidney and diagnosed him with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that almost always affects infants and young children. “He had to have surgery to remove the tumor and they ended up having to also remove his left kidney and left […]
When our son William was 6 months old, we went to the pediatrician’s office because he was a noisy breather and got congested when he ate. They ordered a cookie swallow test to see how he would handle the liquids he was eating. He failed the test and aspirated on the liquids.
Our connection to Akron Children’s Hospital goes back 12 years. Our first son, Derek, was born 5 weeks early via emergency C-section after a placenta abruption and was brought to Akron Children’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Born 3 months premature, Savannah weighed a mere 1 lb. 2 oz. and was 11.5 inches in length. She spent the first 109 days of her life in the NICU at Aultman Hospital. On Oct. 21, she came home on oxygen and an NG feeding tube. On Jan. 19, 2014, she aspirated, and by the end of the day, she was admitted to the PICU at Akron Children’s for what would be 120 days.