Meet Spy-lah

Ilah Spicocchi, Age 5, from Massillon, OH

In just a matter of minutes, the Spicocchi family expanded its ranks from 4 to 9.

Amie and Vince Spicocchi became the proud parents to Ilah Eliot Spicocchi and 4 other children: Paige, Ellie, Gia and Enzo all weighing less than 2 lbs. Their eyes were still fused shut, they could not breathe on their own and each had to undergo PDA ligations on their hearts.

Ilah was the first to be born of the quintuplets and also the smallest at just 1 lb., 9 oz. She overcame a serious infection when she was approximately 10 weeks old.

At only 10-weeks-old, Ilah contracted a serious infection, but was strong enough to fight it. Unlike her brother and sisters, she also has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes the heart to beat very fast at times.

Today Ilah is a healthy little girl, and she and her family are enjoying life.

“We’re thankful to have an Akron Children’s location so close to where we live,” said Amie. “Every year the family participates in the Walk for Babies to benefit the Akron Children’s NICU.”

Amie calls the NICU team “our heroes” for taking care of the family during a scary and stressful time.

When Amie thinks about the overwhelming odds the family faced when she was first expecting, where they are today is nothing short of a miracle.

“To see them thriving now … there are no words to describe it,” said Amie. “Seeing their strength has given us the strength to never give up hope.”

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