Priya Hope Frenz is a miracle baby to her parents. After losing 8 pregnancies due to an incompetent cervix, Heidi Nussbaum-Frenz and her husband, Mark, are overjoyed with this cute bundle of love.
Born the day after Christmas at 33 weeks gestation, Priya has spent the last 3 weeks in Akron Children’s NICU at Summa Akron City Hospital. One of her first presents was a commemorative bib from Akron Children’s to help celebrate the hospital’s 125th anniversary.
Heidi is a home health care nurse herself, so she appreciates the personal care her child and her family received during her stay at the special care nursery.
“The nurses here have been phenomenal, not just to Priya but also to my entire family,” said Heidi. “Patient care isn’t just all about computers, monitors and alarms. They really look at her and how she’s doing, and that is so important to me.”
Priya is thriving. Born weighing 5 lbs., 8 oz., Priya is already tipping the scales at 6 lbs., 12 oz. She’s preparing to head home any day now, and her parents, who live in Mount Eaton near Wooster, are more than ready to stop making the hour drive twice a day to visit her.
“Priya means hope and after so many losses, you have to have hope,” said Heidi. “We’ve got her going-home outfit hanging right here, all ready to go.”
As part of our year-long anniversary celebration, we’ll be 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.