Patient Stories

Amy's sarcoma story

I was driving home from the MRI when they called and asked me to come back to talk about my results. Dr. Laura Lasack was as gentle as possible as she explained that there was a mass in my femur and that they would be referring me to the University of Iowa for a plan of action.

Preventing falls, Mae moves forward

Mae portrait
Mae Schatteman, 96, shows no signs of slowing down. But she is careful to watch her step along the way. UI Health Care's Stepping On addresses the importance of walking and other low-impact exercise to keep ankles and other parts of the body stable.

Honored to be a 2018 Fan of the Year winner

Portrait of Traci McCausland
During her treatment for breast cancer, Traci McCausland says: “Coach Fran and Margaret McCaffery were incredibly supportive of us. We were so grateful for the support from the entire Iowa Athletic Department and UI Center for Advancement.”

Carley Neustel

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University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
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.

Kevin’s limb preservation story

Kevin Nahnsen from Waterloo, Iowa experienced compound fractures required three surgeries to correct his leg.

Family advocates for lawn mower safety after accident

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University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
On Aug. 30, 2017, life changed for Ryan Manahl and his family (Cedar Falls, IA) when his 3-year-old son, Tate, was accidentally run over with a lawn mower. “I tried to keep him calm but I kept thinking the worst – ‘Is this really it? Is my son going to die in my arms right now and he hasn’t even started to live his life?’”

David exchanges air tanks for new lungs

David Williams portrait
For David Williams, sarcoidosis made it difficult to breathe on his own. Prior to his March 2018 double lung transplant, he had been on oxygen therapy for 19 years.

Amber grateful for 'incredible journeys' before and after motherhood

Amber Bowers had two incredible pregnancy journeys thanks to care from Rachel Maassen, MD at University of Iowa Health Care.

Lloyd found the HIPEC cancer care he needed

Lloyd Beckman portrait
When Lloyd Beckman needed a rare kind of cancer treatment known as HIPEC, he chose University of Iowa Health Care, which has the only dedicated HIPEC program in eastern Iowa.

Putting me back together with a prosthetic eye

Artist painting details on prosthetic eye
“I had a patient tell me that I put him back together, because it felt like he was missing a part of him,” says Lindsay Pronk, an ocularist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She spends her days creating and fitting prosthetic eyes. Patients may need a prosthetic eye for a variety of reasons, including cancer, accidents, developmental issues (in children), glaucoma, or serious infections.

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