We were whisked back and admitted immediately. They gave him fluids and told us he would be admitted for observation and some IV antibiotics.
There was a black spot in his right lung on the X-Ray that was thought to be bacterial pneumonia.
Eventually, when his breathing was normal enough for him to handle being sedated, he was given a CT scan. The CT scan showed his right lung was only half inflated. His intestines were in the space of his lung. He needed surgery to fix what was thought to be a diaphragmatic hernia that he would have been born with.
We came in for surgery in mid-October. The 2.5 hour surgery turned into 5.5 hours. The diaphragmatic hernia turned out to be an esophageal hernia. His surgery went well and he recovered well enough to be discharged 3 days later.
Akron Children’s saved my son’s life. If it weren’t for the insistence of the first doctor to have the CT scan done, none of this would have been found until it was an emergency years down the road.
The care and kindness we received during our stay will be with me forever. The nurses, doctors and surgeons give their whole heart and soul to these precious babies.
I will never forget how well they cared for the most important part of my life, my son.
As part of our year-long anniversary celebration, well be 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.