Patient Stories

Beth's spine rehabilitation story

Severe back pain is a major problem for many people like Beth. Luckily, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics were able to help find her a solution to the pain so she no longer had to live her life in fear of the pain.

Thankful to be breathing new life

After being told by multiple hospitals that he was too sick for a lung transplant, Dennis Nack thought all hope was lost. Luckily, the UI Hospitals & Clinics saw something in Dennis. They too the time to work with him to ensure that he was strong enough for his transplant, so that he was ready whenever they got the call.

New liver brings a buoyancy to life

Bill Klahn lives each day like it is his last in order to honor the woman who's liver he received.

Transplants are beautiful – scars and all

After being told to wait until her kidneys failed so she could go into dialysis, Tonia Ellis said no she was going to so whatever she could to get a transplant. Thats when she found the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Extreme makeover includes new lungs and fixed heart

Martha's lung disorder led doctors to find blockages in her heart. She was able to get a new pair of lungs and fix her heart here at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Donor also becomes recipient

It is rare that an organ donor also later becomes an organ recipient, but for Jessica this was her reality. After donating one of her kidneys to her sister who suffered from a rare genetic disorder years before, Jessica herself found herself needing a new kidney because of that exact same disease. Read or watch more of her story here.

Gentler surgery rebuilds Jose’s heart

For Jose Rodriguez, being a candidate for minimally invasive surgery “was a huge relief.” He was able to get back to running his business and taking care of his family faster than he could have imagined.

Robotic surgery fan- Carolyn

Carolyn Ritter shares her experience with urinary infrequency, and the surgery to correct it, with her surgeon, Catherine Bradley, MD.

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