Morgan MacLean’s life changed forever while trying out for the Rocky River Magnificat High School girls’ basketball team her freshman year. “It was early in the morning, very early. We were running drills and working hard, so I figured the rapid heartbeat I felt was just normal,” Morgan recalled. “I told my parents the […]
Mary Beth Habunek has no memories of her father. Coronary artery disease took his life when he was just 37 years old – Mary Beth’s mother, Eileen, was still pregnant. With only photographs and other people’s memories of her dad, Mary Beth wanted to do all she could to make sure the same thing didn’t […]
More than 2,000 miles separated Amy Tippets from her nearest family members when she and her husband, Trevor, received difficult news 16 weeks into their third pregnancy. Their in-utero daughter was diagnosed not only with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), but with a congenital heart defect called AVSD that would require surgery soon after she was […]
When you ask for Dr. Smith in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center, 3 doctors will turn their head. But, if you ask for the Dr. Smith who has a golf ball collection, only one will stand up. Meet our newest clinical cardiologist, Brandon Smith. Although he has a common name, his determination in life and […]
Brittani Hill credits her daughter’s life to Ohio’s newest addition to its newborn screening law, which requires the use of pulse oximetry to detect critical congenital heart disease. Her daughter, Taylor Lightner, seemed normal at birth but nurses at Alliance Community Hospital questioned the newborn’s oxygen level when doing the newly required test. Taylor was sent […]
One year ago around 8 a.m. we handed our son Jonathan at 10 months old, over to his heart surgeon for his second open heart surgery. When the surgeon came to talk to us about the surgery, they told us our son was pink. Tears came falling down, tears of relief.