When Andrew Testa was born in June 1995, his parents, Joe and Lisa, of Green, thought they had a healthy baby boy on their hands. Little did they know their world was about to change. A routine checkup at 4 months old revealed Andrew had a heart murmur, which earned him a referral to Akron Children’s cardiology department.
Dr. Kathryn Helmuth, an Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP) physician, who was rounding in the nursery, heard a murmur in a newborn that caused her some concern. The baby was diagnosed with a condition called pulmonary atresia.
As March 3 quickly approached, I prepared my 1st grade classroom at Walker Elementary School in Canton for my long-term substitute. My husband, Aaron, a sergeant in the Ohio National Guard, prepared his tasks for the 2 weeks he’d be out. My 2-year-old son, Landon, and 8-year-old stepdaughter, Kaitlyn, ran around with excitement as the arrival of their little sister grew closer.
We took Cassidy to her pediatrician for her 2-year annual check-up. At this point the doctor heard a heart murmur and sent us to Akron Children’s Hospital to have some additional tests done and meet with a cardiologist.
My 4-month-old daughter was admitted to Akron Children’s about a month ago. We had no idea what was wrong. The doctors in the ER at Cambridge thought it was some sort of new virus that was going around. She was admitted with a fever of 103.
Fourteen years ago I had an emergency c-section for my twin boys. One passed away and the other weighed only 1 pound, 10 oz. He was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital in need of bowel surgery. He had a blood clot in his left leg, pulmonary stenosis and perforation in the bowel. The doctors told […]