Girls from age 6 to young adulthood came from near and far to Akron Children’s Turner Syndrome Conference to learn more about their health and become empowered patients.
Although short stature is a hallmark of Turner syndrome, this and other symptoms can be well-managed, especially with early detection. Dr. Cydney Fenton, director of diabetes and endocrinology at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the importance of working with a multidisciplinary team to care for girls affected by this condition.
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.