• Reshaping baby’s future

    Megan Kane being held by her mother

    Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which one or more of the seven fibrous joints in a baby’s skull—called sutures—is prematurely closed. This limits the space needed for brain and skull growth and often leads to craniofacial malformations

  • Kendra Hines

    Kendra Hines, portrait

    Kendra was born with Down syndrome, and began having breathing issues as a baby. At two months old, she stopped breathing in the middle of the night and was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery to remove excess skin around her airway. Pediatric specialists at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital also discovered that Kendra stopped breathing an average of 9 times a night, leading her to use a CPAP machine.

  • Hearing for the first time

    Nile Kron, photo

    March 22, 2019 was a life-changing day for 2-year old Nile Kron and his family. Named after Iowa Hawkeye Football legend, Nile Kinnick, Nile's hearing has been impaired since birth. But today, his cochlear implants were turned on allowing Nile to hear his parents' voices for the first time.

  • Parent Blog: Nicole Schneeberger

    Nicole Schneeberger's son, photo

    "I really would like to thank the pre-op and post-op staff from the operating room and on the 9th floor who cared for my son during such a scary time. They were truly amazing and I can’t thank them enough for being top-notch." -Schneeberger Scheeberger

  • Noah Hodgins

    Noah Hodgins, portrait

    Born at his local hospital, Noah began experiencing trouble breathing after birth. After being discharged at just 12 days old, he went into respiratory arrest and stopped breathing. Rushed to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, a pediatric ENT specialist immediately discovered that Noah was born with an extremely rare birth defect—congenital nasal pyriform aperture stenosis—which made it difficult to breathe. Two surgeries were needed to widen his airways.

  • Harper Stribe

    Harper Stribe, portrait

    In June 2017, Harper was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer, at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital after her parents noticed a rapidly growing lump on her right cheek. The lump was a 6-centimeter tumor that had wrapped around crucial facial nerves and her jawbone.

  • Hunter Fasse

    Hunter Fasse

    During his mother’s 20-week ultrasound at her local doctor’s office, Hunter’s parents learned he would be born with a cleft lip and palate. They were referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for further testing, and the cleft lip and palate were confirmed.

  • Ethan Craig: From pediatric patient to pediatric doctor-in-training

    Ethan Craig as an adult

    "I remember watching the doctors and thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I could do what they do?’” Read how Ethan's experience as a pediatric patient led him to a career in medicine.

  • 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.

  • Madelynn Higbee

    Madelynn Higbee portrait

    Madelynn was referred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital in July 2014 after being diagnosed with two large masses of fluid that had built up in her neck. The non-malignant masses, known to be caused by the abnormal development of the lymphatic system, caused obstructions in Madelynn’s esophagus, making it difficult for her to swallow and breathe.