• Meet Kid Captain Drew Hennigan

    Drew Hennigan

    An ultrasound done before Drew was born showed that he was missing the fibulas in both of his legs, and another one a few weeks later showed his right hand was missing fingers and the existing fingers were fused together. His parents knew their baby would be in for many surgeries. Drew’s lower right leg was amputated when he was 11 months old, and a thumb was surgically separated from the fused fingers at the same time. Two months later, his lower left leg was amputated. He was admitted to the hospital following eye surgery as a toddler, when doctors learned he had adrenal insufficiency, which means his body doesn’t fight off infections as well as it should.

  • After nearly losing his arm in a go-kart crash, Todd is playing basketball again

    Todd Peters and family

    With advanced expertise and compassionate, family-centered care, our nationally ranked pediatric orthopedics team helped Todd regain full function in his arm.

  • Surgical skill and reassuring personal attention help six-year-old Sahara heal after a badly broken arm

    Our pediatric orthopedics experts repaired multiple breaks in Sahara’s arm, all while helping to make the experience less scary for her—and for her parents.

  • Parent blog: Miranda and Nate Atkinson

    Harper and Dr. Joshua Bolt

    "All of our doctors are great but Dr. Joshua Holt (orthopedics) is stand out-top notch. Harper sees him more than any other provider."—Miranda and Nate Aktinson

  • A skin graft—and a little distraction—helps to save Jonathan’s badly injured finger

    Jonathan Mcdermott sitting at a keyboard for physical therapy

    Emergency room doctors thought Jonathan’s finger might need to be amputated, but UI Health Care hand surgeon Lindsey S. Caldwell, MD, knew how to save it.

  • Parent blog: Jacki Brown and Herschel Edwards

    Ethan Edwards, photo

    We first became involved with University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital 12 years ago when we learned our then-2-year-old son was born with scoliosis.

  • Parent Blog: Faith Mitts

    Aiden Mitts, portrait

    On April 22, 2018, Aiden was admitted with osteomyelitis – an infection in the bone – that started in his right knee then moved to his left ankle.

  • Specialized hip care keeps dancer on her toes

    Kiersten Latham jump

    When pain from hip dysplasia threatened to prevent Kiersten Latham from participating in her favorite activities, a team at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics worked with her to get her back in action.

  • Family Blog: Amy Hartje

    Raylan Wauters photo ratio

    "So thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this magnificent gift you've given us."

  • Parent Blog: Amanda Byersdorfer

    Braden Byersdorfer

    "Our family will forever be grateful for the care and love that was shown to not only Braden but also to his entire family."