• Camdyn Reisner

    Camdyn Reisner

    Camdyn was a seemingly healthy newborn when she stopped breathing in her mother’s arms at 21 days old. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where medical staff performed CPR for almost an hour. When a faint pulse was found, she was flown by helicopter to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Doctors found no reason for her to have stopped breathing, and after a month of tests, Camdyn went home with a heart monitor.

  • Drew Steffen

    Drew Steffen

    Drew was born with severe congenital heart disease that went undetected until he became very sick at 8 days old. Upon examination, his local pediatrician discovered his heart was racing and lungs were full of fluid. He was taken by ambulance to a Waterloo hospital, where tests the next day showed the fluid in his lungs was due to Drew being in heart failure.

  • University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Patient Family Visits Capitol Hill to Urge Congress to Safeguard Medicaid for Kids

    Ellie Schmidt of Center Point, Iowa, age 9

    The Schmidt family speaks on behalf of 30 million children reliant on Medicaid

  • Parent Blog: James Foix

    James Foix in his baby crib

    "To begin to explain everything this hospital has done and continues to do for us, I would end up writing a novel."

  • Jayden Umthum’s Story

    Jayden Umthum

    Jayden Umthum, the final patient to move into the new hospital on March 25, 2017.

  • Will Kohn

    Will Kohn photo in PICU close up

    Will was diagnosed at 22 months in-utero with HLHS. (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) Since diagnosis Will has had 3 open heart surgeries at UI Stead Family Childrens Hospital and is currently on the heart transplant list.

  • Parent Blog: Gina Ten Pas

    John Ten Pas

    "The care is focused on the individual patient. Never once did I ever feel like a number."

  • Parent Blog: Alisha Munoz

    Andres Munoz before and now photos

    "I am thankful for the amazing medical technology and that they were even able to put a pacemaker in Andrés. He was so small."

  • 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.

  • Reagen Kopsieker

    Reagen Kopsieker portrait

    Reagen was 11 days old when she had her first heart surgery and remained in the hospital for three months. She would have three more surgeries in the following years, and in January 2013, Reagen received a heart transplant.

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