• Parent Blog: Nicole Cisne Durbin

    Lilah Dubin, photo

    "UI Stead Family Children's Hospital is the best place you never want to be. The child life specialists were phenomenal and a vital part of our team. Lilah loved her nurses so much she cried for two days before she left because she was sad to leave them." – Nicole Cisne Durbin

  • Parent Blog: Ashley Morarend

    Easton Morarend, photo

    "Everyone who works at the hospital is very welcoming and helpful. The hospital became my second home during those 64 days and I always felt comfortable and at home being there." Ashley Morarent

  • Parent Blog: Matt Tison

    Clara Tison, photo

    "We're so thankful for the doctors and nurses who helped take care of Clara. I'd like to remind everybody that these doctors and nurses are emotionally vested in your child's care, as well. It's a team effort when hard decisions have to be made. The kind, empathetic, compassionate care we received is why we would choose to go back." Matt Tison

  • Iowa girl thrives after ice-storm birth

    Dorotea Orgovani weighed just over a pound when born
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    University of Iowa

    When Dorotea Orgovanyi was born at 26 weeks gestation in a small Iowa hospital in 2007, an ice storm prevented emergency transportation from moving her to a better-equipped facility. But it didn’t stop two University of Iowa doctors from heeding the call for help.

  • Parent Blog: Ali Dabbs and Landon Rowland

    Jack Rowland

    "Our 4-month-old son Jack stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. He was taken to a local hospital where emergency staff were able to get his heart beating again. He was then flown by helicopter to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital." – Ali and Landon

  • Aidan Kasper

    Aidan Kasper, portrait

    Aidan was transferred from his local hospital to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital immediately after birth when doctors discovered he was born with Pierre Robin sequence, a set of facial abnormalities that includes a small lower jaw, a tongue that is placed farther back than normal, and blockage of the airways. He spent 56 days in the NICU.

  • Jackson Tijerina

    Jackson Tijerina, portrait

    Jackson was born a seemingly healthy boy, but at 5 months old, he began vomiting daily and was not growing. Ongoing testing did not provide any conclusive answers, and by the time he was 5 years old, Jackson began having intense headaches. A brain scan eventually revealed pilocytic astrocytoma, a rare, cancerous brain tumor. Doctors were able to remove 90% of the tumor, and further scans revealed that Jackson had an aggressive form of the brain tumor.

  • Cien Currie

    Cien Currie, portrait

    Cien was not meeting his developmental milestones in his first few months of life. One evening, he suddenly had a seizure, which led him to be hospitalized in a Des Moines hospital for a month. When his seizures continued to worsen, he was transported by AirCare to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where pediatric neurologists diagnosed him with agenesis of corpus callosum (ACC) – a rare disorder where the middle of the brain does not fully form.

  • Enzo Thongsoum

    Enzo Thongsoum, portrait

    Enzo was a healthy toddler until he fell ill at 21 months old. A cold led to weeks of unexplained seizures and worsening health. He spent two weeks in his local hospital, and when he became unresponsive, he was transferred by helicopter to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Pediatric neuromuscular specialists diagnosed Enzo with a rare disease, discovered in 2007, called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis – a disease where the immune system attacks the brain – and began extensive treatment.

  • Andrew Morlan

    Andrew Morlan, portrait

    When Andrew and his twin brother, Isaac, were born, it was discovered that Andrew was in kidney failure. He was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where it was determined that he would need a kidney transplant. After 2 months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Andrew went home on dialysis, and at 14 months old, he received a kidney from his mother.