Meet Owen: Supraventricular Tachycardia

Owen Sherrill

Owen Sherrill

Mark and Tiffany Sherrill of Great Falls, Va., were visiting family in Akron when their son, Owen, had one of the worst supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) episodes he ever suffered.

The 2-year-old had accidentally missed a dose of one of the medications he took regularly to control his arrhythmia. His parents took him to the ER at Akron Children’s, where physicians brought his heart rate back to normal.

They told Mark and Tiffany about an ablation therapy at Akron Children’s that could fix this common arrhythmia in younger children like Owen. In this procedure, called cryoablation, the problematic cells causing SVT are destroyed through freezing.

When they got home, they called Dr. Clark.

“We were sold on taking care of the issue with little risk and getting him off of his meds,” said Tiffany.

After an initial consultation, the Sherrills ventured north again to Akron Children’s for the procedure. Tiffany said the next day, Owen was once again acting like a normal 2-year-old. More than a year later, Owen’s heart rate remains in control.

“You go from worrying about the littlest things to almost forgetting about it,” said Tiffany. “If we’d never gone to Akron Children’s emergency department, every day we’d be dealing with a now 4-year-old who’s uncomfortable and medicated. It was a perfect stroke of luck.”

Akron Children’s Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the United States performing ablations without the use of x-rays.

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Owen's story
Publication: Children's Progress
Issue: Spring

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