• Parent Blog: James Foix

    James Foix in his baby crib

    "To begin to explain everything this hospital has done and continues to do for us, I would end up writing a novel."

  • Jayden Umthum’s Story

    Jayden Umthum

    Jayden Umthum, the final patient to move into the new hospital on March 25, 2017.

  • Will Kohn

    Will Kohn photo in PICU close up

    Will was diagnosed at 22 months in-utero with HLHS. (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) Since diagnosis Will has had 3 open heart surgeries at UI Stead Family Childrens Hospital and is currently on the heart transplant list.

  • Wesley's Fight

    Wesley Jacobson

    “If he hadn’t gotten on ECMO, he probably wouldn’t have made it much longer.”

  • Hailey Steimel's Life-Saving Heart Transplant

    Hailey Steimel

    Valentine's Day will mark one year since Hailey Steimel's life-saving heart transplant. Having just completed her first annual check-up, the Prairie High Senior's prognosis is good. But Hailey's journey back to health has taken her entire life.

  • Charlotte Wagaman

    Charlotte Wagaman portrait

    Doctors discovered a mass on Charlotte’s heart when her mother was just 20 weeks pregnant with her. Her mother was referred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for more extensive ultrasounds.

  • Ellie Schmidt

    Ellie Schmidt

    Before birth, a routine ultrasound showed something was wrong with Ellie's heart. By age five, she had three major surgeries and nine catheterizations.

  • Shelby Rogers

    Shelby Rogers thumbnail

    She was a very sick baby and her parents were terrified, but Shelby was a little girl with a big heart.

  • Clarissa Kraayenbrink

    Clarissa Kraayenbrink portrait

    Clarissa was born with congenital heart defects, including transposition of the “great arteries”–the aorta and pulmonary artery.

  • Nathaniel and Lucas Anderson

    Lucas and Nathaniel Anderson

    Nathaniel and Lucas Anderson share a love of sports, music, and family. These brothers also have a special bond because they were born with unrelated, serious disorders and both came through with flying colors