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Patient Stories - Journey to Healing

Each month, Arkansas Children's Hospital features patients who have undertaken an incredible Journey to Healing. These are stories of kids and families who are fighting hard so that their dreams of a happy and healthy childhood can be realized. In each, you'll find special services highlighted so you can learn more about the teams that help these children and so many others on their winding journeys. These patients inspire team ACH, and we know they'll inspire you too!

Featured Stories

Damiya Smith

  • Journey to Healing: Damiya Smith
    Damiya Smith, 13, loves to watch TV and movies, and the journey of her past 13 years could certainly make for a heart-warming script with Damiya starring as the heroine. Born with Down syndrome, Damiya has also battled and defeated leukemia.

Sunni Ackley

  • Journey to Healing: Sunni Ackley
    Congenital heart defect patient Sunni Ackley has been treated at ACH since before she could walk. She faced open-heart surgeries as a child, and always knew she would need a new pulmonary valve as an adult. But a new procedure offered at ACH gave her an option for faster recovery, greatly improving her experience.

Caanan Sandy

  • Journey to Healing: Canaan Sandy
    Diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, Canaan Sandy has had a medically-complex journey that's taken him from a Cedar Grove farm all the way to New York City, with many stops in between! Read more about the Razorbacks' and Arkansas Children's Hospital's no. 1 fan.

  • Journey to Healing: Amy Fairbanks
    Hi, I’m Amy Fairbanks and I was diagnosed with a vascular malformation. I went from patient in October of 2010 to a public relations intern in June of 2014. Here is my ACH story.

  • Henry’s Hike to Healing,
    Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU)

    Nikki Toth and her husband, Steve, of Fayetteville, Ark., were ecstatic to learn that they were expecting their second child to join their daughter, An Na. This time, they would welcome a baby boy who they would name Henry.
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