Patient Stories

A dandy story

Two Iowans share more than a lifetime of memories, they share a kidney named "Dandy." Learn more about their incredible story today.

Getting back on track thanks to a pacemaker

Jerry Turner
My future looks a lot brighter than it did a year ago and my pacemaker is the main reason He didn’t realize it then, but looking back Jerry Turner says the first time he felt something “off” with his heart was when he and his wife, Kathy, were on vacation in 2016. “We had gone to Yellowstone...

Preeclampsia forced Kelli to fight for her life

During her third trimester, Kelli Carlson was not feeling well. Her physician told her that her symptoms were a normal part of pregnancy, but it turned out they were actually signs of preeclampsia–a high blood pressure disorder in pregnancy.

From first IVF visit to baby in one year

Lindsey and Ben Ebert
“My husband and I experienced three miscarriages and multiple failed medicated cycles while trying to start a family. After more than five years with no success, we decided to change clinics. We chose University of Iowa Health Care’s Center for Advanced Reproductive Care, due to great recommendations.”

Infertility staff provided stability and celebrated successes

After nine years of marriage and attempted adoption, Martina and her husband were referred to University of Iowa Health Care for infertility treatments, where their wish for children was finally fulfilled. “The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University of Iowa Health Care...

TAVR added years to my heart and my life

Myron Kinzler wasn’t about to get too worked up about his health. A retired farmer, the Williamsburg man says he thought running out of breath while walking across a field was just a sign of aging. “It didn’t worry me a lot, I’m 83 years old, it happens,” he says. “I just figured I was getting old...

Significantly reducing future risk through cardiovascular rehabilitation

Larry Audlehelm was a teenager when doctors first discovered he had a heart murmur. The condition never gave him any problems or caused any pain, he says, but he always knew it was there and was sure to keep a watchful eye. So when he started to run out of breath simply walking across the room, he knew something was wrong.

For kidney treatment, Linda 'got the best'

After her pain wouldn’t go away, Linda, of Traer, Iowa, was sent by her local provider to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. There she met urologist Chad Tracy, MD, director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotics, and Kidney Stone Treatment in the UI Department of Urology.

Five years ago the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics saved a father from stage 4 brain cancer

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A tweet from Morgan Lee, 18 from the Quad Cities, recently went viral after she thanked the University of Iowa Hospitals for saving her father's life on the five year anniversary of pronouncing him cancer-free.

Bariatric surgery helps Melissa look and feel her best

As a hairdresser, Melissa Laschanzky’s job is to help other people look and feel their best. In May 2015, she decided it was her turn. For most of her adult life, Melissa, 33, had struggled with obesity. She’d try crash diets and exercise, and these efforts worked—but only for a while. “I just...

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