• Gabby Yoder

    Gabby Yoder, portrait

    A high-risk ultrasound during pregnancy revealed that something was wrong with Gabby’s heart. Her mother was sent to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for a fetal echocardiogram, which led to a diagnosis of hypoplastic right heart syndrome with pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart defect where the right side of heart is underdeveloped.

  • Kendra Hines

    Kendra Hines, portrait

    Kendra was born with Down syndrome, and began having breathing issues as a baby. At two months old, she stopped breathing in the middle of the night and was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where she underwent surgery to remove excess skin around her airway. Pediatric specialists at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital also discovered that Kendra stopped breathing an average of 9 times a night, leading her to use a CPAP machine.

  • Lucy Roth

    Lucy Roth, portrait

    Lucy was a healthy baby and toddler, but she began having vision problems at 2 years old. Pediatric ophthalmologists at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital ordered an MRI that revealed a massive brain tumor. During the subsequent 12-hour surgery, pediatric neurosurgeons were able to remove a large amount of the tumor. Lucy, however, was not out of the woods.

  • Skylar Hardee

    Skylar Hardee, portrait

    During their 16-week ultrasound, Skylar’s parents were given a 1% chance of their baby surviving. Doctors found no amniotic fluid protecting Skylar in his mother’s uterus. His parents sought help at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Skylar was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation and was diagnosed with VACTERL association, a congenital syndrome that results in abnormalities in various parts of the body.

  • Aubrey Bussan-Kluesner

    Aubrey Bussan-Kluesner, portrait

    Aubrey’s parents knew something wasn’t right with their daughter when she wasn’t meeting all her developmental and behavioral milestones. Teachers and other family members also expressed concern, so Aubrey’s parents took her to their local doctor, but didn’t find any answers. Still concerned, Aubrey’s mother called University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital for developmental and behavioral screenings.

  • Jeg Weets

    Jeg Weets, portrait

    At 2 years old, Jeg was seen by pediatric gastroenterologists at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and was ultimately diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 4. When pediatric specialists noticed that his spleen was enlarged at a routine visit, they pushed for answers. Through extensive testing, Jeg was diagnosed with Niemann Pick Type C (NPC), a rare, progressive genetic disorder where cholesterol accumulates in body tissues, including the brain.

  • Charlotte Keller

    Charlotte Keller, portrait

    At 3 years old, Charlotte began experiencing severe leg pain. Tests eventually led to a diagnosis of chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO), an inflammatory bone disease. By that time, Charlotte’s quality of life was very low, and she was referred to the pediatric rheumatology team at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

  • Cooper Leeman

    Cooper Leeman, portrait

    Cooper was a healthy 14 month old when he began having breathing issues and vomiting frequently. His condition worsened, and his local hospital diagnosed him with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart does not pump blood adequately. His heart function continued to worsen, and Cooper was transferred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where he was put on the heart transplant list.

  • A neonatologist's destiny

    “My name, Destany, really suits where I came from. It was my destiny to survive," Destany Schafer, Quincy, Illinois. “And it was my destiny to be a neonatologist," John Dagle, MD, PhD.

  • Micropreemie born at 23 weeks in 2001 graduates high school

    Courtney Jackson was born at only 23 weeks in 2001, weighing just over a pound with only about eight teaspoons of blood in her body. Doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival. Today, she's a healthy young adult. Video courtesy of the Today Show, NBC.

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