Some people spend years trying to find their mission in life. For sweet Piper Grace Hoefler, it took just 27 days. Piper passed away from the effects of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 0, but her legacy lives on in books about inclusion donated by her family’s charitable organization, Piper’s Key. “I didn’t want to […]
Families share their experiences with Akron Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
Ten years ago, having made it through fertility treatments and a threatened miscarriage, I was finally allowing myself to be excited that we were a little over halfway to our anticipated due date. We didn’t want to know if we were having a boy or a girl so, when I went into premature labor at […]
When Summa NICU nurse Abi Daugherty began her career at Akron Children’s in 2018 she had a very different role. “I was hired as a housekeeper in environmental services while I was still in nursing school,” said Abi. At the time, Abi was entering her third year in the nursing program at the University of […]
Looking at Dana Dawson’s babies today, no one would guess they started their lives with an extended hospital stay. Weighing about 12 pounds each at just 5 months old, the mom of four said, “They’re chunky and love to laugh.” The bouncing baby boys, Amari and Kaiden, spent their first 53 days at Akron Children’s […]
They say a baby changes everything but, as any mom knows, those changes begin long before baby’s arrival. There are obvious physical changes, but in the process of going to check-ups and preparing for baby, there are also psychological and emotional changes mom experiences that are often less talked about or, worse yet, kept silent. […]
The exemplary care delivered at Akron Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been supported by an important group of people: donors. Many of these generous supporters are former patient families. Here are just a few that Akron Children’s is honored to recognize as the hospital celebrates the NICU’s 50th anniversary. J.P. and Judie […]