• Iowa girl thrives after ice-storm birth

    When Dorotea Orgovanyi was born at 26 weeks gestation in a small Iowa hospital in 2007, an ice storm prevented emergency transportation from moving her to a better-equipped facility. But it didn’t stop two University of Iowa doctors from heeding the call for help.

  • Parent Blog: Ali Dabbs and Landon Rowland

    Jack Rowland

    "Our 4-month-old son Jack stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. He was taken to a local hospital where emergency staff were able to get his heart beating again. He was then flown by helicopter to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital." – Ali and Landon

  • A neonatologist's destiny

    “My name, Destany, really suits where I came from. It was my destiny to survive," Destany Schafer, Quincy, Illinois. “And it was my destiny to be a neonatologist," John Dagle, MD, PhD.

  • Micropreemie born at 23 weeks in 2001 graduates high school

    Courtney Jackson was born at only 23 weeks in 2001, weighing just over a pound with only about eight teaspoons of blood in her body. Doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. Today, she's a healthy young adult. Video courtesy of the Today Show, NBC.

  • Parent Blog: Dan and Manda Shine

    Gemma Shine, photo

    "We met with a pediatric neurosurgeon who confirmed a diagnosis of metopic craniosynostosis with trigonocephaly – the front suture of her skull had fused prematurely in utero and would need to be separated and reconstructed surgically." – Dan and Manda

  • Parent Blog: Faith Mitts

    Aiden Mitts, portrait

    On April 22, 2018, Aiden was admitted with osteomyelitis – an infection in the bone – that started in his right knee then moved to his left ankle.

  • Parent Blog: Amber and Jason Miller

    Pierce Miller, portrait

    "For a mom with a child that has multiple special needs and multiple medications it’s one less thing that I have to worry about."

  • Colorado girl finds treatment she needs at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

    Madison Villaverde, photo

    When Madison Villaverde was diagnosed with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) in the third grade, her mother, Robin Villaverde, took to the Internet to research the rare disorder and search for support groups.

  • Pediatric patient takes steps while on advanced life support

    Levi Drager, photo

    Levi Drager's condition was so serious that he was on ECMO, the most advanced form of life support for patients, to oxygenate his blood outside of his body. He's the first pediatric patient at our hospital to take steps while on ECMO.

  • Hearing for the first time

    Nile Kron, photo

    March 22, 2019 was a life-changing day for 2-year old Nile Kron and his family. Named after Iowa Hawkeye Football legend, Nile Kinnick, Nile's hearing has been impaired since birth. But today, his cochlear implants were turned on allowing Nile to hear his parents' voices for the first time.

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