• Parent Blog: Hannah Kooi

    Colt Kooi, photo

    "We received wonderful care from all of our doctors and nurses. There is nowhere else we would have wanted to deliver and have Colt cared for." – Hannah

  • Bone marrow transplant helps toddler overcome rare cancer

    Carter Schmidt, photo

    In May 2017, Tiffany and Michael knew something was seriously wrong with their son. It was determined that Carter had an extremely rare kind of blood cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) that affects one or two children out of 1 million each year. To save his life, the pediatric hematology/oncology team at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital needed to find a bone marrow donor.

  • Parent Blog: Tara Von Ahsen

    Nolan Von Ahsen, photo

    “They see you at your most vulnerable moments, when you’re crying, scared, nervous, AND happy. They don’t HAVE to, but they go above and beyond to show they care.” Tara’s son Nolan was born with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome.

  • Parent Blog: Shalan and Kyle Knapke

    Adira Knapke, photo

    When Shalan and Kyle Knapke found out that their daughter Adira would be born without a fully developed right ventricle, they turned to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are so blessed to have such an amazing hospital nearby!”

  • Parent Blog: Emily and Dustin Kleiss

    Kemper Kleiss, photo

    “When we first arrived we had no idea what was going to happen to our newborn baby. The doctors and nurses were very comforting and knowledgeable with a plan for her. We were some of the first ones to use the new facility, and we were very impressed.”

  • Brady's story: Finding help, balance, and hope

    Jorgensen Brady

    With his rosy cheeks, tousled hair, and outgoing personality, Brady Jorgensen looks like many other kids his age. You wouldn’t guess that he’s lived with a brain tumor since he was 9 months old.

  • Minnesota boy is 'frequent flyer' for clinical trial at UI Clinical Research Unit

    Ben Schuster, photo

    Once a week, Ben Schussler boards a plane for his experimental treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). This clinical trial is testing whether a new therapy will change the progression of DMD. Our researchers are working to improve the outcomes for those diagnosed with DMD.

  • Parent Blog: Katelyn Kelch

    McKinley Kelch, photo

    "We knew we were right where we were supposed to be and that UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital was the best place for us." – Katelyn Kelch

  • Parent Blog: Brad Dudley

    Ryne Dudley, photo

    "The friendliness of the staff and the genuine care for our son made our 97-day stay as good as it could be. We wouldn't have traded it for anywhere - or anyone - else." – Brad

  • Parent Blog: Kimberly Peper

    Alisa Peper, photo

    Our daughter, Ailsa, had a duodenal atresia, which is a bowel obstruction, before she was born.