• 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.

  • Maddox Smith

    Maddox Smith

    When Maddox was 5 years old, his parents noticed spots that looked like birthmarks but weren’t present before. They asked their family physician about the spots—called café au lait spots—and were referred to a genetics expert at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. They learned Maddox has neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves, for which there is no treatment or cure.

  • Hayden Wheatley

    Hayden Wheatley

    When Hayden was 19 months old, her parents noticed she was having balance issues. A CT scan at a local hospital showed she had fluid on her brain. She and her family were transferred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a mass on Hayden’s brain stem. The mass was removed during an eight-hour surgery, but Hayden still wasn’t out of the woods.

  • Landon Wilkerson

    Landon Wilkerson

    Landon was born with only one kidney and several other complications that led immediately to kidney failure. Hospitals near his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were not able to care for pediatric kidney patients, so his family discussed moving back to Iowa—where his mother was from originally—so Landon could receive care at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

  • 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

  • End-of-Chemo Party

    Katie's chemo party

    At University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, when a child completes chemotherapy, we celebrate with a special party!

  • Masks of courage

    Macaulay Townsend with his mask

    Macaulay Townsend came up with “courage masks” to minimize the stress and emotional strain of children throughout their hospital experience.

  • 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."

  • I spy with my little eye

    I spy with my little eye photo of child watching construction

    The construction crew and Child Life team had a special surprise for patients and visitors at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital this holiday season.

  • Snow ball

    Child attending the Frozen Event

    On Jan. 31, our Child Life staff threw a Snow Ball for our pediatric inpatients and their families. Kids had the chance to participate in a variety of activities, dance, and visit with some very special "Frozen" characters.

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