• After being sidelined by an unusual kidney condition, Lily returns to the volleyball court with help from a team of pediatric specialists

    Lily with Amy, Dr. Lockwood, and resident

    Close collaboration between specialists in urology, nephrology, radiology, rheumatology, and pediatric and adult surgery helped preserve Lily’s kidney function with a procedure not often used on children.

  • Parent Blog: Lindsay and Tyler Blaha

    Bex Blaha photo

    "We truly love this hospital and have received exceptional care! There is no place our family would rather be." — Lindsay and Tyler Blaha

  • Parent Blog: Hannah Kooi

    Colt Kooi, photo

    "We received wonderful care from all of our doctors and nurses. There is nowhere else we would have wanted to deliver and have Colt cared for." – Hannah

  • Christopher Turnis

    Christopher Turnis, portrait

    Christopher was born at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital at 34 weeks gestation with several organs that were severely damaged. The first of many surgeries took place when he was just 2 weeks old. Since birth, Christopher has undergone more than 40 surgeries and has spent more than 1,000 nights in the hospital.

  • Parent Blog: Kendra Mennen

    Heather Mennen, portrait

    Heather was referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital with a distended abdomen when she was about 8 months old.

  • Sam Spore

    Sam Spore

    Sam was born in Uganda with hydrocephalus, spina bifida—a birth defect in which bones don’t properly form around the spinal cord—and malformations in his bowel and bladder. He lived in an orphanage where specialized medical care wasn’t readily available, but he was adopted in 2015.

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Feldman

    "The nurses make you feel like they are part of your family and that they care about your child as much as you do. The staff was so reassuring in some of the scariest times."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Makayla Bell

    Makayla Bell portrait

    Makayla was born three weeks premature at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital with additional birth defects. The doctors diagnosed her with OEIS syndrome, which occurs in just one of 300,000 infants. Once Makayla was born, a team of pediatric specialists worked together to develop a plan of care and she had her first surgery at just five days old.