• Parent Blog: Alisha Munoz

    Andres Munoz before and now photos

    "I am thankful for the amazing medical technology and that they were even able to put a pacemaker in Andrés. He was so small."

  • Parent Blog: Shelby Schumacher

    Schumacher in their own words

    "Our family will forever be grateful for the care and love that was shown to not only Leah but also to her entire family."

  • Parent Blog: Serena Reemtsma

    Kali Garman

    A traumatic dirt bike injury resulted in a below-the-knee amputation.

  • Parker Kress

    Parker Kress portrait

    In December 2014, then-13-year-old Parker Kress was experiencing pain in his right ankle and swelling in his calf. He was taken to a local emergency room, where an ultrasound found a mass on his ankle.

  • Abigail Hooper

    Abigail Hooper portrait

    Abby Hooper is a sweet and energetic teenager who loves to cook for her family, work in the garden, and play sports. You’d never know from looking at her that she’s battling a chronic disease.

  • Liam Young

    Liam Young portrait

    For Liam, what first appeared to be flu-like symptoms was actually a life-threatening infection known as septicemia, or sepsis. Doctors at a local emergency room sent Liam by helicopter to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital, where his parents learned his liver and kidneys were failing.

  • Konner Guyer

    Konner Guyer portrait

    Konner and his twin brother, Kolby, were born in Des Moines prematurely at 28 weeks gestation. Unfortunately, Kolby passed away when he was 6 days old. Konner was transferred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital for advanced care.

  • Carley Neustel

    Carley Neustel portrait

    Carley was rushed by helicopter to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital in September 2015 after a farm accident nearly severed both of her legs below the knees. She had also sustained a broken arm and a large cut on her scalp.

  • Maxwell Stancel-Hess

    Maxwell Stancel-Hess portrait

    Max’s team of pediatric specialists at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital began working for him before he was even born, when his parents learned he had spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord doesn’t develop properly.

  • Emeline Dunham

    Emetine Dunham portrait

    When Emeline’s parents learned their daughter had Down syndrome, they knew they wanted her to be born at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital. Newborns with Down syndrome often have health issues, and they wanted a hospital that could care for all of her needs.

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