• Parent Blog: Tara Von Ahsen

    Nolan Von Ahsen, photo

    "This hospital is more than just a place to go when one is sick. It's a place to go with the most caring, loving, understanding staff I have ever met." – Tara Von Ahsen

  • 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.

  • Gentler method of dialysis gives toddler and family more mobility

    Charlie Flemming and his sister

    Gentler method of dialysis gives toddler and family more mobility.

  • Abigail Hooper

    Abigail Hooper portrait

    Abby Hooper is a sweet and energetic teenager who loves to cook for her family, work in the garden, and play sports. You’d never know from looking at her that she’s battling a chronic disease.

  • Emeline Dunham

    Emetine Dunham portrait

    When Emeline’s parents learned their daughter had Down syndrome, they knew they wanted her to be born at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. Newborns with Down syndrome often have health issues, and they wanted a hospital that could care for all of her needs.

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