Patient Stories

Shilo’s thyroid cancer surgery story

"I just knew in my heart this was where I was supposed to be by the way she explained things and reassured me."

Bill's liver was failing due to hepatitis C

Bill Klahn with his 2016 Transplant Games medal
“You’re dying.” Those words nearly floored Bill Klahn following a routine blood test in the late 1990s. “I said, ‘What?’ I was going to the gym every day, I was working 60 to 80 hours every week—working hard—and they told me my liver was hanging by a thread,” Bill says. Bill, 64, of Cedar Rapids,...

Terrell is making the most of his gift of life

Terrell Jordan Sr. playing basketball
Terrell Jordan Sr., 44, of Cedar Rapids, is the picture of health. He plays basketball several times a week, is a professional clown, and preaches at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids. But he knows better than to take his good health for granted. Every day he thinks about Jesse,...

Cooper's hero is his uncle

Cooper Vozza runs in the 2016 Transplant Games
Cooper was born with Smith-Magenis syndrome, a developmental disorder that results in some level of intellectual disability and delayed speech and language skills. He was also born with just one kidney, which was small and in renal failure. Doctors knew he would need a kidney transplant as soon as he was old enough and big enough for the surgery.

Amy's sarcoma story

patient with nurses
I felt a tiny little twinge in my right knee....The physical therapist suspected something more was going on and encouraged me to get some imaging done.

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?’”

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