• Andrew Morlan

    Andrew Morlan, portrait

    When Andrew and his twin brother, Isaac, were born, it was discovered that Andrew was in kidney failure. He was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where it was determined that he would need a kidney transplant. After 2 months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Andrew went home on dialysis, and at 14 months old, he received a kidney from his mother.

  • Parent Blog: Megan Herrig

    Hallie Herrig, photo

    "The staff treated our twin girls and the rest of our family with compassion. We were always informed of what was going on with our girls’ care." – Megan

  • 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

  • Parent Blog: Tara Von Ahsen

    Nolan Von Ahsen, photo

    “They see you at your most vulnerable moments, when you’re crying, scared, nervous, AND happy. They don’t HAVE to, but they go above and beyond to show they care.” Tara’s son Nolan was born with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome.

  • Parent Blog: Amanda McMillin

    Eilidh McMillin, photo

    "Due to severe oligohydramnios – a deficiency in amniotic fluid – and fetal kidney abnormalities, specialists at other hospitals had informed us that she was unlikely to survive to her birth and, if born alive, that there was an even smaller possibility that she would live more than minutes to hours." – Amanda McMillin

  • Harper Still

    Harper Still, portrait

    Harper was admitted to a Des Moines hospital in May 2017 with bloody stools and vomiting. She was diagnosed with E. coli, and when her condition still wouldn’t improve after four days, doctors determined that Harper’s E. coli had turned into E. coli with shiga toxin, producing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

  • 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.

  • Parent Blog: Rachel Lentz

    Eva Lentz photo

    "It is so encouraging to know that they all love Eva and are working together toward the goal of transplant and a healthy, best quality of life post-transplant." - Rachel Lentz

  • Landon Wilkerson

    Landon Wilkerson

    Landon was born with only one kidney and several other complications that led immediately to kidney failure. Hospitals near his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were not able to care for pediatric kidney patients, so his family discussed moving back to Iowa—where his mother was from originally—so Landon could receive care at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

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