Akron Children’s Hospital’s work with St. Damien Hospital in Haiti takes center stage in a new film being shown at the 2021 Cleveland International Film Festival. The 59-minute film, called “Open Hearts,” can be streamed for $10 from April 8 to 20. Of that, a $1 donation goes to the nonprofit MedWish. You can watch […]
Starting school was the furthest thing from Anita Brainard’s mind as she reflected on her son Rian’s life to this point – 4 open heart surgeries, multiple setbacks and recoveries, visions of him with oxygen tubes and other breathing treatment devices, and countless hospital visits all before his fifth birthday.
On our way to see Rebekah after surgery, I reminded myself over and over of the things we had been told to expect. I knew we would see the ventilator, our not so good friend from her NICU days. I knew we would see IV lines (a peripheral IV, a femoral arterial line, and a […]
I’ve always loved reading. From the time I was little I have read anything I could get my hands on…books, magazines, ingredients in food, drinks, and even things like shampoo bottles. Really, as long as there are words, I am reading. Unfortunately, that sometimes leaves me knowing more about things than I necessarily would like […]
The day of Bekah’s heart surgery went much more quickly than I expected. We arrived at admitting a little after 6 a.m., met our parents, brothers and pastor, dropped them off at the fourth floor waiting area and took Bekah to the new pre-surgery area. All of Bekah’s vitals were checked, and we met with […]
A few weeks ago Dr. Vande Kappelle called to tell us that someone would be getting in touch with us to schedule a consultation for Bekah’s heart surgery. He explained that we would meet with one or both surgeons (Dr. Smith and Dr. Spector) and plan a time for the operation, and that the operation […]