• Reed Havlik

    Reed Havlik portrait

    Reed was a healthy toddler until he woke from a nap in November 2014 and was unable to bear weight on his right leg. He and his family were referred to UI Stead Family Children's Hospital after several tests at a hospital closer to home were inconclusive.

  • From a Thankful Parent

    Erika Stupka's daughter Evelyn

    New mom Erika Stupka appreciates "the little things."

  • Meet the Cystic Fibrosis Families

    The UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Family Advisory Board is a group of parent volunteers who meet often with clinic staff to help improve the clinic and cystic fibrosis care. Meet our advisory families.

  • Collaboration among specialists—and convenience for families—guides the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic approach

    Brady Jorgensen portrait

    Brady Jorgensen has lived with a brain tumor for most of his life. Our new Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic, the first of its kind in Iowa, is giving Brady and his family new hope.

  • Parent Blog: Erica Schmidt

    Kale Schmidt Portrait

    Kale was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s lymphoma. Erica Schmidt shares her son's story in her own words.

  • Paetra's Journey

    Paetra’s first helicopter ride was when she was two; she was having a seizure and turning blue in her car seat. They found help at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

  • A Special Treat for Taylor

    Taylor Phillips Portrait

    Taylor Phillips has spastic quadriplegia with hypertonia, meaning her limbs are stiff. But with the help of speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, she loves riding tandem bike with her father and hanging out on their acreage with her brother, Brody.

  • Parent Blog: Amanda Seeley

    Brode Seeley Infant

    "No matter what the future holds, we know he will continue to receive the best care at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital." Read more from Amanda about her son, Brody.

  • Kaelea Butterfield

    Kalea Butterfield portrait

    Kaelea has severe, life-threatening asthma and in 2010, she was flown by air ambulance from Cedar Rapids to University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital with a serious asthma attack. She was intubated and placed into a medically induced coma to allow her body to heal.

  • Reagen Kopsieker

    Reagen Kopsieker portrait

    Reagen was 11 days old when she had her first heart surgery and remained in the hospital for three months. She would have three more surgeries in the following years, and in January 2013, Reagen received a heart transplant.