Patient Stories

Cassidy's midwifery story

Cassidy Reinken chose to work with a midwife at UI Health Care for her second pregnancy. The excellent care she received lead her to come back for her third birth, due July 2017.

Katie's midwifery story

Katie Leifker discovered that the UI Health Care midwifery clinic provided all of the options she was looking for in a birth experience.

Fibrosing mediastinitis: young Iowan’s future undercut

Cody Fry with sister and mother
"We cannot cure fibrosing mediastinitis, but we can apply modern medical techniques developed for more common medical problems to manage the complications and sustain a decent quality of life. It is the best we can do until medical science can develop effective ways of stopping the unrelenting fibrous growth.”--Doug Hornick, MD

Surrogate program is a perfect match for Iowa couple

Scott family from Eldridge, Iowa
Jeanne and Dewayne Scott find perfect match in University of Iowa Gestational Carrier Program.

Diabetes: Mom’s life shines with team-based care

Linnea Welander
“We have a system where we promote the well-being of the diabetes patient in an ongoing way. The goal is to focus on getting patients to embrace the lifestyle and other changes that need to happen in order to successfully manage their condition.”--E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD

Achalasia: incision-free treatment yields poetic outcome

Dan Schmertman
People with achalasia often experience regurgitation, heartburn, and chest pain. But thanks to a per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM), Dan Schmertman's eating is now a whole lot easier.

Stroke: 2-time survivor now helps others

Emma Fox-Gatica
“When your father and your grandfather have strokes, you become very aware. I knew I had risk factors, but I don’t think you’re ever prepared for a stroke.”--Emma Fox-Gatica

Leukemia: dad's photos capture ISU student's battle

Noah Brown playing his guitar
Noah was a typical college student... until he was diagnosed with leukemia.

Epilepsy: after two decades, musician is seizure-free

Jeff Schulz seizure free musician
The operation called a temporal lobectomy changed Jeff Schulz’s life significantly. “I can make music! I can travel with singing groups! I can have a driver’s license again!”

Trauma system kicks into gear to save a life

“Without the combined, immediate expertise of heart and vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, and anesthesiologists, Joshua Bradley had no chance.”--Dionne Skeete, MD

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