Patient Stories

Vascular surgery saves woman with rare, life-threatening condition

Tania Justus and her family
Tania Justus had an uncommon condition called May-Thurner syndrome. "What is extremely rare is the fact that Tacia sustained a ruptured iliac vein. What was really critical was that we had the technology and expertise to make that diagnosis in a timely fashion."--Neelima Katragunta, MD

Jim is impressed with surgeon dedication

When Jim Black of Sterling, Illinois, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, tests showed that the tumor was likely to spread to other areas of his body. He was advised to consider traveling as far away as Florida to get the best treatment, but he chose University of Iowa Health Care.

Orthopedic surgery team reattaches partially severed limb

Stephen Boeding
In October 2016, Stephen Boeding was trimming a tree branch in his yard when the unexpected happened.

Preschool teacher donates kidney to student’s father

Darreld Peterson (left) with preschool teacher Nancy Bleuer (right)
Mason City preschool teacher Nancy donates kidney to student’s father, Darreld

Bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes shape Jared’s path to better health

“This whole operation was a way for me to completely take control of my life and become the person I really wanted to be” --Jared Cunningham from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Betsy grateful for pregnancy care she received

After two miscarriages, Betsy Brown learned she was pregnant in May 2016. A family member recommended UI Health Care because she had always been impressed by how her care team worked together to ensure the best possible outcome.

Julie had "utmost faith, confidence, and trust” in care team

Julie Wigger was 25 weeks pregnant when she started having unexplained vascular issues, so her obstetrician in Davenport referred her to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for a Level 2 ultrasound.

Tanya chose “only the best” when trying to conceive

Tanya Van Voorst cannot say enough amazing things about University of Iowa Health Care's IVF team.

Spine surgery delivers sweet relief

Living on 64 acres, Donovan Coffey loves being outside and taking care of the land. That’s how he discovered his passion: raising honey bees. “It really puts me in touch with nature,” Donovan says. “It’s a very pleasant experience.” That is, until he felt pain in his left shoulder.

Living a full life, even after two strokes

While paying for groceries in December 2014, Dave felt himself losing his balance. He suffered from a stroke caused by a clot that formed in an artery in his brain. Dave was rushed to the hospital and blessed with outstanding care that allowed him to leave the hospital just four days later, thanks to UI's Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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