Meet Little Miss Giggles

Gia 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 of Gia Marie Spicocchi and 4 other children: Ilah, Paige, Ellie 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.

Gia was the last of the quintuplets to born and weighed 1 lb., 11 oz. Although she was the last born, she was the first to leave the NICU.

Gia’s happy and healthy now. Gia, who sees Dr. Richard Hertle once a year for an eye exam, wears glasses. She’s proud of the fact that she selected her own frames without any help! She also receives speech therapy at the Akron Children’s outpatient office in North Canton.

“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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