• 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.

  • Ty's story: Conquering a congenital heart defect

    Ty Turner

    Ty's mother knew something was wrong. A few days later, Ty underwent his first surgery.

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery puts teen back in the game

    Rebecca Hemm Portrait

    Rebecca was among the first to receive a Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, the only site in Iowa to offer this minimally invasive option.

  • Ellie Schmidt

    Ellie Schmidt

    Before birth, a routine ultrasound showed something was wrong with Ellie's heart. By age five, she had three major surgeries and nine catheterizations.

  • Emery Tillberg

    Emery Tillberg

    Halfway through Sarah Tillberg’s pregnancy, it became clear something was seriously wrong.

  • Surgeries fix heart defect

    Brock Beinhart icon

    Brock was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome is severely underdeveloped.

  • Will Linder

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    Will underwent his first open-heart surgery when he was two, but now swims and runs track.

  • Shelby Rogers

    Shelby Rogers thumbnail

    She was a very sick baby and her parents were terrified, but Shelby was a little girl with a big heart.

  • Isaac Arguello

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