• Parent Blog: Kendra Mennen

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Bentley's two beautiful, healthy kidneys

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    In her fifth month of pregnancy, Tuesdee learned her unborn son, Bentley, had a condition causing his kidney to swell. Her physician referred her to the pediatric urologists at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital to determine how best to care for Bentley. Read more about Bentley's story.

  • Brynn Carnahan

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    When Brynn was nearly 18 months old, the Carnahans’ pediatrician referred the family to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital, where pediatric urology specialists ordered a series of tests to aid in Brynn’s diagnosis. They found that nerve damage from a tumor made it difficult for Brynn to completely empty her bladder, which led to the recurring infections.