• Parent Blog: Shalan and Kyle Knapke

    Adira Knapke, photo

    When Shalan and Kyle Knapke found out that their daughter Adira would be born without a fully developed right ventricle, they turned to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are so blessed to have such an amazing hospital nearby!”

  • Parent Blog: Emily and Dustin Kleiss

    Kemper Kleiss, photo

    “When we first arrived we had no idea what was going to happen to our newborn baby. The doctors and nurses were very comforting and knowledgeable with a plan for her. We were some of the first ones to use the new facility, and we were very impressed.”

  • Parent Blog: Andrew Knapp

    portrait of infant Kaeli Knapp

    I want to thank everyone who was a part of our care. Our daughter wouldn't be here without this hospital. From the nursing staff that comforted us in our moment of crisis to her doctors who saved her life and didn't give up on her, everyone made sure we were okay and explained everything that was happening.

  • Kiersten Mann

    Kiersten Mann, portrait

    After noticing that she crawled, rather than walked, up the stairs at age 3, Kiersten was referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. A pediatric neuromuscular expert diagnosed her with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy that weakens the muscles in the arms and legs.

  • 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.