• Comprehensive and convenient

    Ethan Rodriguez

    Ethan has faced health challenges since birth, one of which led to surgery for the young boy from Illinois. Fortunately, the Rodriguez family didn’t need to travel far from home for their pre- and post-surgery appointments.

  • Jaelyn Butikofer

    Jaelyn Butikofer

    Jaelyn first came to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in December 2010, when she was 10 months old. She wasn’t gaining weight, and her local doctor referred her to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital for “failure to thrive.” She weighed just 10 pounds.

  • Maddox Smith

    Maddox Smith

    When Maddox was 5 years old, his parents noticed spots that looked like birthmarks but weren’t present before. They asked their family physician about the spots—called café au lait spots—and were referred to a genetics expert at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. They learned Maddox has neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves, for which there is no treatment or cure.

  • Looking back, moving forward

    Myat Haggart Family from New York

    For years, Myat Haggart’s parents have been searching for answers. Myat, a 10-year-old living in New York City, has been blind since age 5. He also wears bilateral hearing aids to help with hearing loss and has other health issues.

  • Parent Blog: Sara Etringer

    Mya Etringer photo

    We feel at home, even when we are hospitalized for weeks at a time. Read more about Mya's story.

  • Krystal Robertson

    Krystal Robertson portrait

    Krystal has been in and out of the hospital her entire life, and has been hospitalized since September 2012 waiting for a heart transplant.

  • Zach Zwirlein

    Zach Zwirlein portrait

    A new standardized test for infants alerted doctors to Zach’s MCAD deficiency, possibly saving his young life.

  • Carson Thomas

    Carson Thomas portrait

    Carson has been treated in almost every pediatric department but is now a boy who just loves the Hawkeyes. Read more about Carson’s story.

  • We have an explanation. A family searches for answers.

    Victoria Lange Portrait

    "We have an explanation." A family searches for answers.

  • Isaac Arguello

    Isaac Arguello thumbnail

    Isaac could hardly breathe as a baby, but now his father calls him Superman.

Pages