I grew up at Akron Children’s Hospital in the orthopedics department with Dr. Dennis Weiner. I was born without a hip socket (congenital hip dysplasia), but it wasn’t discovered until I was about 12 months old and I started walking. I walked by dragging my right leg.
Dr. Weiner took a piece of my pelvic bone and made a hip socket so it grew with me. I was about 18 months old and spent 25 days in traction at Akron Children’s. I don’t remember much of anything, but my parents told me that if anyone walked into my room, I was excited to see them – as long as it wasn’t my parents. They tell me I was pretty upset that they “put me in a cage.”
I do remember some of my time in the casts. I used to lay on my stomach and hold out my hand and anyone who was around would grab my hand and spin me on the kitchen floor. I also remember scaring my grandmother when I pulled myself up on the coffee table, stood on the tips of my cast and leaned over to give her a kiss.
Although I don’t remember my experience at Akron Children’s Hospital, after I was healed, I always played doctor. I have never wanted to do anything else but be in the medical field. I always loved the thought of helping people heal.
Today, I work as a medical assistant at the Wooster office of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics (ACHP). I’ve been there almost 5 years and I love my job and my ACHP family.
Thanks, Dr. Weiner!
As part of our year-long anniversary celebration, we’re telling the story of Akron Children’s through the eyes of past and present employees, doctors, donors, volunteers and patient families. We encourage you to share your own memories and stories about us.