Fourteen years ago I was a young mother of my first child. After an emergency c-section, Kegan was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for respiratory problems.
The Chinese New Year, a day to celebrate good fortune and happiness, is coming up on Feb. 10. But the holiday came early for Dr. Catherine Ward-Melver and her newly adopted daughter, Zoe, who is Chinese. Dr. Ward-Melver, a clinical geneticist in Akron Children’s Genetics Center, and her husband, Kevin, traveled to China in early December to complete the adoption and bring 3-year-old Zoe back to Akron to start their new life together. Zoe was not only given the gift of loving parents and a new home but a mother who shares a special bond. Both Dr. Ward-Melver and Zoe have Turner syndrome, a genetic condition in which a woman does not have the usual pair of two X chromosomes.
After 4 long years trying to conceive, three of which we sought medical assistance, we found out we were going to have a baby. We knew the baby was going to be a blessing because we actually conceived on our own. We were elated and couldn’t wait for the month of June to arrive. I […]
An estimated 1 out of 33 babies born in the U.S. has a birth defect. And, while there’s still some mystery surrounding the causes of birth defects, women can take several steps to ensure the health of their babies, including taking folic acid and multivitamins, exercising and eating well, and updating their immunizations, to name […]
Three-sport star Elizabeth Cline was swimming a few laps when her heart started racing and her legs went numb. It was all she could do to tap a fellow swimmer before she passed out. After testing at Akron Children’s Hospital, it was determined she had long QT syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause the […]