Following a summer accident, a Canfield family is thankful treatment was available locally.
On July 11, 2019, Brock Baker fell out of a tree house, breaking his arm. When his friend called Brock’s mother, Kym, she told him to go to Akron Children’s Hospital Emergency Department in Boardman. Kym works for the hospital as director secretary to Barbara Clouser, MD.
It was the care provided by Dr. Anthony Silverio, pediatric orthopedic surgeon, that made the treatment process easier.
“Dr. Silverio was fantastic,” Kym said. “He took his time to explain all of our options to include non-surgical and surgical.” Brock liked that Dr. Silverio listened to the Bakers’ questions, and answered them.
A major concern was recovery time, as Brock plays baseball and runs cross-country at Canfield High School, where he is a senior. Dr. Silverio worked with Brock, discussing what he should expect as he healed from surgery where plates and screws were put in his arms, after falling out of a treehouse in 2019, marking the now 17-year-old’s first surgery.
“He was very understanding and informative during the entire process, and was overall very helpful,” Brock said.
Discussing a patient’s situation is important, so they know what to expect. It also lowers any uneasy feelings for the patient and their family, Silverio said.
“Providing explanations in terms that families will understand may significantly lower their anxiety and stress,” he said. “In addition, giving families time to process information goes a long way throughout the process.”
For Kym, the local access to the Boardman campus was a comfort. Brock was in a lot of post-surgery pain, which meant there was a possibility he would be admitted for pain management. Considering that option, Kym said “knowing that he would be less than 10 minutes away from our house was very comforting.”
Luckily, Brock was able to go home and has since hit the ground running in cross country and playing baseball.
“I returned to cross country midway through August and returned to baseball the day it resumed in October,” Brock recalled.
He runs to spend time with his friends that are in the sport. It’s with baseball he finds more success and enjoyment.
“After meeting them for the first time I knew he was going to do great,” Dr. Silverio said. “Brock never wavered and remained positive the whole time. I also have no doubt that the support he received from his family significantly aided his recovery and overall result.”
In the time Brock was healing, many things crossed Kym’s mind: Would Brock be able to play baseball again? Will there be complications or discomfort? Fortunately, there haven’t been any setbacks given the possible outcomes.
“It was obviously a very stressful situation but we couldn’t have asked for a better team to entrust with Brock,” Kym said.
Akron Children’s Hospital Orthopedics, Boardman is located in Building A, Leonard J. Fisher Family Building.