As Alexandra (Alex) Lucas and her mom raced down a grocery store aisle for an urgent visit to the bathroom, they found themselves in a very different kind of emergency situation. Upon entering a stall, Alex, just 5 years old, went into cardiac arrest. “Alex fell face-first onto the floor. I thought she must have […]
Meet some of our Arrhythmia Center patients and staff.
Jessica Culbert, who came to Akron Children’s Hospital from Bixby, Oklahoma, in March for a successful heart procedure, credits pediatric cardiologist Dr. John Clark with saving two lives. Hers and her unborn baby’s. Jessica was pregnant with her third child when she and her husband, Devan, went on a nationwide search for a heart specialist […]
Mary Beth Habunek has no memories of her father. Coronary artery disease took his life when he was just 37 years old – Mary Beth’s mother, Eileen, was still pregnant. With only photographs and other people’s memories of her dad, Mary Beth wanted to do all she could to make sure the same thing didn’t […]
On the eve of Halloween, ghosts and goblins were the furthest from Drs. Jeff and Ellen Kempf’s minds. Instead, they were focused on the children of Haiti. The husband-and-wife duo opened their home to host a gathering in honor of Dr. Jacqueline Gautier, CEO of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and president of the Haitian Pediatric […]
Jackson Straits has defied the odds. Diagnosed with non-immune fetal hydrops at 27 weeks gestation, this often fatal form of prenatal heart failure caused Jackson to develop fluid around his heart. Strong family faith along with the care of 3 Akron Children’s specialists came together to give him the best chance at life.
Though the finding of Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome (WPW) in our then 12-old-son, Chris, is not as huge and dangerous as many illnesses treated by Akron Children’s Hospital on a daily basis, the care and attention we received by every single person during Chris’ care was top-notch.