• Parent Blog: Jenny and Brian Olson

    Will Olson, photo

    "We had times that we thought we were going to lose our son, and we feel like it is because of the knowledge, expertise, and compassion of the staff that he is here today." — Jenny and Brian Olson

  • UI researcher talks of personal experience with sickle cell disease

    Amirah Butali

    Dr. Butali shares the story of his daughter, Amirah, and her struggles with sickle cell disease before getting a life-changing bone marrow transplant from her 5-year-old brother in 2016.

  • Flynn Lanferman

    Flynn Lanferman

    A persistent fever, mysterious bruising, and a stubborn nosebleed gave 3-year-old Flynn’s local pediatrician cause for concern. When results from blood tests came back, he had an ambulance waiting to transfer Flynn and his mom to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Once Flynn’s father arrived, they were told Flynn had leukemia.

  • Hayden Wheatley

    Hayden Wheatley

    When Hayden was 19 months old, her parents noticed she was having balance issues. A CT scan at a local hospital showed she had fluid on her brain. She and her family were transferred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a mass on Hayden’s brain stem. The mass was removed during an eight-hour surgery, but Hayden still wasn’t out of the woods.

  • End-of-Chemo Party

    Katie's chemo party

    At University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, when a child completes chemotherapy, we celebrate with a special party!

  • Finding His Way

    Leighton and Jarron Weber photo

    Having a multidisciplinary pediatric cancer team in place made a difficult situation a bit easier for the Weber family.

  • Parent Blog: Kristin Rambousek

    Kendal Rambousek photo

    There is no place I would trust with Kendal more than UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Every single doctor and nurse listensand they allowed me to be a part of her treatment plan.

  • Kinzie Hemann

    Kenzie Hemann portrait

    Days after her first birthday, Kinzie was diagnosed with von Willebrand disease Type 3, a genetic blood disorder caused by a missing protein, which leaves her blood unable to clot. Type 3 is the most serious of the von Willebrand disease diagnoses, as symptoms include severe and spontaneous bleeding episodes.

  • Parker Kress

    Parker Kress portrait

    In December 2014, then-13-year-old Parker Kress was experiencing pain in his right ankle and swelling in his calf. He was taken to a local emergency room, where an ultrasound found a mass on his ankle.

  • Collaboration among specialists—and convenience for families—guides the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic approach

    Brady Jorgensen portrait

    Brady Jorgensen has lived with a brain tumor for most of his life. Our new Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, the first of its kind in Iowa, is giving Brady and his family new hope.

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