Patient Stories

Kindergarten teacher returns to classroom after surviving COVID-19

Jaime Humes photo
For two weeks in late August and early September 2020, Jaime Humes stayed isolated in a hospital room near her hometown of DeWitt, Iowa, diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia and unable to see family or friends. The only human contact she had was with the members of her care team, who monitored her oxygen levels, administered medications, or changed her body position.

TAVR restores Milt’s heart function so he can spend more time with his family

The UI Heart and Vascular Center has performed more transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures than any other center in Iowa.

Fight of his life

As a healthy and outdoorsy firefighter-paramedic, Paul Sereda, of Coal Valley, Illinois, wasn’t too worried about developing a severe case of COVID-19.

From near-fatal accident to life as a college student

Maggie McQuillen
Maggie McQuillen suffered massive head trauma in an automobile accident, requiring lengthy surgery and facial reconstruction at UI Hospitals & Clinics. Even in the tensest moments, her family took comfort in feeling like members of Maggie’s care team.

Post-COVID-19 lung transplant gives Randy a new lease on life

Randy McIntyre at UI Hospitals & Clinics
Randy McIntyre of Andalusia, Illinois, was a healthy 58-year-old before a case of COVID-19 in January 2021 changed his life forever.

With UI Sports Medicine at his side, Alec recovers from a bad hip injury and wins a state football title

UI Sports Medicine professionals provided Alec’s on-field care, repaired his hip, and guided the physical therapy that helped him recover.

By learning from his care team, Kirk plays an active role in his COVID-19 survival story

Mary Jeanne and Kirk Phillips
UI Health Care’s cutting-edge COVID-19 care includes Iowa’s only clinic dedicated to treating COVID-19 survivors.

Valerie’s search for expert rectovaginal fistula care leads her back to the worry-free life she thought was gone

UI Health Care is home to Iowa's only clinic dedicated solely to urogynecology care.

To add zip to his fastball, Egan relied on the expert advice of his sports dietitian

Egan Smith throws a pitch during a baseball game
Our sports nutrition program promotes healthy weight gain as a tool for better athletic performance.

Carolyn’s lingering arm pain vanishes after she gets a second opinion from a wrist and elbow specialist

UI Health Care’s hand, wrist, and elbow expert found the source of the pain that other doctors had missed and quickly performed surgery to make it right.