Patient Stories

Melinda’s chondrosarcoma journey

"I had never heard the word chondrosarcoma, couldn’t pronounce or spell it. Yet this word will remain with me for the rest of my life." Melinda

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.” “When I called to make an appointment, the scheduler asked a few...

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

If you saw Dave Kane outside his Iowa City home shoveling snow in winter or watering the lawn in spring, you’d never guess this active 78-year-old had had two strokes — including one that could have left him debilitated for life. But while paying for groceries in December 2014, Dave felt himself...

‘Most caring people I’ve been around’ comforted mom far from home

“I also cannot say enough about the medical care I received. On nights when I was alone and scared of what was happening, the staff was there.”

After spine surgery, life is back to normal

“Anyone struggling with this particular problem, any back problems, I would send them to the University of Iowa and to Dr. Igram.” --Amy DeJong

Program specializes in treating adolescents and young adults with cancer

At 6-foot-8, 16-year-old Patrick McCaffery stands out in a crowd. He’s a star on the Iowa City West High basketball team, where the lanky sophomore plays the wing. He shares the last name of the Iowa Hawkeyes men’s basketball coach, Fran McCaffery—who is also Patrick’s dad. He’s also a member of...

Big improvements in hip replacement have made life better for a new type of patient

He travel from his home in California to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for a hip replacement. "I had to do something about it because it was impeding my lifestyle so much."--Howard Dittrich

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