My son, Carter, had major surgery in October of 2014 to help correct his feet, which turned outward. Carter had been self conscious about his condition and his knees were starting to hurt from it.
His surgeons Dr. Riley and Dr. Adamczyk performed bi-rotational osteotomies of his fibula. For the surgery, they actually broke both legs and rotated his feet 35 degrees so they would be straight.
He had to have more surgery on April 8 and I was able to have Dr. Riley and the same anesthesia team work with him. He did great.
Dr. Farid and Jen Smith, the nurse anesthetist, treated him like their own son and he wasn’t nervous at all for the surgery.
Pre-op and PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) made sure Carter knew what was going on. It was wonderful to watch him being treated like a young adult.
I have worked here for 7 years and have always been proud to say that I work at Akron Children’s, but it takes on a whole new meaning when it is your child in the bed.
As part of our year-long anniversary celebration, were telling the story of Akron Childrens 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.