• 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.

  • Abi Frye

    Abi Frye portrait

    The only treatment for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. At 25 weeks pregnant, Julie was taken by ambulance and Abi was born the next day, weighing just over 1 pound.

  • Wesley's Fight

    Wesley Jacobson

    “If he hadn’t gotten on ECMO, he probably wouldn’t have made it much longer.”

  • Hailey Steimel's Life-Saving Heart Transplant

    Hailey Steimel

    Valentine's Day will mark one year since Hailey Steimel's life-saving heart transplant. Having just completed her first annual check-up, the Prairie High Senior's prognosis is good. But Hailey's journey back to health has taken her entire life.

  • Matthes Twins Thrive

    Matthes Family

    My husband, Reggie, and I have twin girls that were born October 21, 2013 - 10 weeks early. They spent 7 weeks in the NICU with your wonderful nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors. Chloe was first to come home on December 5. Abigail was able to join us on December 10.

  • Chloe's Story

    Chloe from Fort Dodge with her parents

    At 5 ½ weeks old, Chloe, from Fort Dodge, Iowa became the youngest and smallest baby in the world to undergo a catheter ablation with 3-D mapping at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital.

  • 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.

  • Maggie's Story: Patient to Nurse

    Maggie Behounek as a nurse

    Growing up, Maggie was no stranger to the children's hospital. She now works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, delivering the same excellent level of patient-centered care that she had once received herself.

  • Former UI Stead Family Children's Hospital Patient Gives Back

    Abby Johnson and Herky

    Abby's participation in the Iowa Ladies Football Academy not only benefitted the children's hospital — it brought back memories of her own serious heart condition.

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