• Parent Blog: Teri Gorsh

    Ean Gorsch photo

    "In February of 2014, our son, Ean, had starting mysteriously waking up with vomit in his bed. It wasn't until he fell asleep watching TV one evening that we discovered what was really going on." -Teri Gorsh

  • Leah McClain

    Leah McClain

    Leah was 7 years old and living with her family in Knoxville, Iowa, when she had her first life-threatening seizure. Her parents took her to a local emergency room, and she was flown by helicopter to a Des Moines hospital. Two months later, she had a similar seizure and was again taken to Des Moines. By summer of that year, she was experiencing headaches and intestinal issues.

  • Laurel Schaul

    Laurel Schaul

    Laurel was playing with friends in the basement of her Springville home when an accident left her with intense back pain. Her mother took her to a walk-in clinic, where she was directed to go to the emergency room at a Cedar Rapids hospital. As her mother was helping her into the van, Laurel told her she could feel her legs but could no longer move them.

  • Maddox Smith

    Maddox Smith

    When Maddox was 5 years old, his parents noticed spots that looked like birthmarks but weren’t present before. They asked their family physician about the spots—called café au lait spots—and were referred to a genetics expert at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. They learned Maddox has neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves, for which there is no treatment or cure.

  • Springville Girl Experiences 'Amazing Recovery' After Spinal Injury

    Laurel Schaul photo

    Laurel had developed a spinal epidural hematoma – a buildup of blood in her upper spine that was compressing the spinal cord – after being injured while playing with friends.

  • Parent Blog: Pam Stallings

    Pam Stallings photo

    Without Dr. Menezes and the entire care team, our daughter would not be here today. Read more about Samantha's experience with Chiari malformation.

  • Maxwell Stancel-Hess

    Maxwell Stancel-Hess portrait

    Max’s team of pediatric specialists at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital began working for him before he was even born, when his parents learned he had spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn’t develop properly.

  • Seth Nelson

    Seth Nelson portrait

    Seth was diagnosed with Chiari malformation—a structural defect in the part of the brain that controls balance. Once the diagnosis was made, the family met with the pediatric neurosurgery team.

  • Parent Blog: Amanda Seeley

    Brode Seeley Infant

    "No matter what the future holds, we know he will continue to receive the best care at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital." Read more from Amanda about her son, Brody.

  • Lincoln Ortman

    Lincoln Ortman portrait

    Lincoln was just 5 months old when he was diagnosed with PELVIS syndrome, a congenital condition in which he had several birth defects. After a visit to a neurosurgeon in South Dakota, where his family lived at the time, Lincoln and his parents were referred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital.

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