Before retiring after 25 years as the director of pediatric critical care at Akron Children’s, pediatric intensivist Dr. James Besunder sat down with long-time collaborator Dr. Michael Forbes to share his thoughts … and a few memorable moments.
Most summers while growing up, Evelyn Caldwell, age 17, enjoyed going to the beach with her family. They always had a good time visiting the North Carolina seashore. But when she was 12, something strange happened. While swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, Evelyn broke out in hives. “I was in the water up to my […]
Although the event that forever changed her life occurred 26 years ago, Sissy Norris still vividly recalls the details of the day. “I was working on a van that needed a new electric fuel pump,” said Sissy, who with 6 older brothers was well versed in car mechanics. “I accidently slammed the hood shut with […]
Remarkable. Resilient. Hard-working. These are just a few of the words used by Josh Yacklin’s providers to describe him. Now 20, Josh has been challenged pretty much from his earliest days with neurofibromatosis, a condition which causes the growth of tumors along nerves in the skin, brain and other parts of the body. They can […]
While our son, Dakota, was born at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic — in the winter of 2021 — we were ecstatic he was healthy with no cause for concern. Weighing 9 pounds and measuring 22 inches long, he was every bit the pure joy our family had waited 42 weeks for. In his […]
This winter, Gabby Conrow, 17, isn’t quite sure what to expect when the weather turns cold and snowy. In August, 2023, Gabby was diagnosed with cold urticaria, a rare medical condition that causes her to develop a painful, itchy rash when she is exposed to the cold. “Being out in the cold is one of […]