Meet Powerful Paige

Paige 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 Paige Lee Spicocchi and 4 other children: Ilah, 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.

Paige was born at 1 lb., 11 oz. and in addition to her PDA ligation, she suffered a collapsed lung and grade IV brain bleed. Luckily, she was able to overcome all of these obstacles.

Now Paige is healthy and happy. She receives speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy at 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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