• Christopher Turnis

    Christopher Turnis, portrait

    Christopher was born at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital at 34 weeks gestation with several organs that were severely damaged. The first of many surgeries took place when he was just 2 weeks old. Since birth, Christopher has undergone more than 40 surgeries and has spent more than 1,000 nights in the hospital.

  • Noah Hodgins

    Noah Hodgins, portrait

    Born at his local hospital, Noah began experiencing trouble breathing after birth. After being discharged at just 12 days old, he went into respiratory arrest and stopped breathing. Rushed to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, a pediatric ENT specialist immediately discovered that Noah was born with an extremely rare birth defect—congenital nasal pyriform aperture stenosis—which made it difficult to breathe. Two surgeries were needed to widen his airways.

  • Harper Still

    Harper Still, portrait

    Harper was admitted to a Des Moines hospital in May 2017 with bloody stools and vomiting. She was diagnosed with E. coli, and when her condition still wouldn’t improve after four days, doctors determined that Harper’s E. coli had turned into E. coli with shiga toxin, producing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

  • Mason Gonzalez

    Mason Gonzalez, portrait

    When Mason was 6 months old, his parents noticed he wasn’t reaching certain milestones such as sitting up on his own or trying to crawl. When he was 1 year old, he woke up from a nap and unexpectedly had a 13-minute seizure.

  • Livia Jackson

    Livia Jackson, portrait

    Livia was referred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital by her local doctor at age 5 after being diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome—a condition marked by episodes of severe vomiting and nausea.

  • Watchful parents assist with eye tumor diagnosis

    Alexandra Vaughn and Benjamin Hoy noticed a difference in the reflections between their young son's left eye and right eye. Getting him quickly to a pediatric eye specialist may have saved his life from an aggressive tumor.

  • Parent Blog: Michelle Hinrichs

    Emmett Hinrich with nurse, photo

    "It was the scariest time of our lives. Going from having a healthy 5 1/2-month-old to a baby that couldn’t even be awake 15 minutes before experiencing a seizure was a very hard time."

  • Family advocates for lawn mower safety after accident

    Manahl family, photo

    On Aug. 30, 2017, life changed for Ryan Manahl and his family (Cedar Falls, IA) when his 3-year-old son, Tate, was accidentally run over with a lawn mower. “I tried to keep him calm but I kept thinking the worst – ‘Is this really it? Is my son going to die in my arms right now and he hasn’t even started to live his life?’”

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Coake

    Kooper Coake, portrait

    "The day we left, I cried. I cried because of the amazing care we received and the friendships I had made."

  • Parent Blog: Kim and Jared Irish

    Mason Irish photo

    "I didn't understand, after so much that my husband and I had already gone through, why this and why now."

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