• Parent Blog: Dan and Manda Shine

    Gemma Shine, photo

    "We met with a pediatric neurosurgeon who confirmed a diagnosis of metopic craniosynostosis with trigonocephaly – the front suture of her skull had fused prematurely in utero and would need to be separated and reconstructed surgically." – Dan and Manda

  • Parent Blog: Faith Mitts

    Aiden Mitts, portrait

    On April 22, 2018, Aiden was admitted with osteomyelitis – an infection in the bone – that started in his right knee then moved to his left ankle.

  • Parent Blog: Amber and Jason Miller

    Pierce Miller, portrait

    "For a mom with a child that has multiple special needs and multiple medications it’s one less thing that I have to worry about."

  • Colorado girl finds treatment she needs at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital

    Madison Villaverde, photo

    When Madison Villaverde was diagnosed with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO) in the third grade, her mother, Robin Villaverde, took to the Internet to research the rare disorder and search for support groups.

  • Pediatric patient takes steps while on advanced life support

    Levi Drager, photo

    Levi Drager's condition was so serious that he was on ECMO, the most advanced form of life support for patients, to oxygenate his blood outside of his body. He's the first pediatric patient at our hospital to take steps while on ECMO.

  • Hearing for the first time

    Nile Kron, photo

    March 22, 2019 was a life-changing day for 2-year old Nile Kron and his family. Named after Iowa Hawkeye Football legend, Nile Kinnick, Nile's hearing has been impaired since birth. But today, his cochlear implants were turned on allowing Nile to hear his parents' voices for the first time.

  • Parent Blog: Samantha Conger

    Lincoln and London Conger, photo

    "Our twins were born in Bettendorf and transferred within hours to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)." – Samantha

  • Parent Blog: Megan Herrig

    Hallie Herrig, photo

    "The staff treated our twin girls and the rest of our family with compassion. We were always informed of what was going on with our girls’ care." – Megan

  • Parent Blog: Stacey Regennitter

    Regennitter kids, photo

    Noelle, Jakob, Jarred and Rebeckah were born at 30 weeks gestation.

  • Parent Blog: Megan Runde

    Libby Runde, photo

    "I was transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for preterm labor. Libby was delivered by emergency C-section at 26 weeks and had a blood transfusion on her first day of life." – Megan