Patient Stories

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

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

Anterior approach hip surgery means less pain, quicker recovery

Joan Wuest
“The anterior approach has been around for decades, but relatively recent advances in technology, equipment, and training have made it a much more efficient and effective option for certain patients.”--Charles Clark, MD

UI Cardiovascular Genetics Program identifies cause of family’s rare form of heart disease

Terri Essary and daughter, Sheri Garmone
Heart failure specialists determined that Terri had a condition called left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC), a problem that occurs during the development of the heart.

Innovative stroke therapy provides miracle results

29-year-old Mailis Toop had a stroke in the classroom. A blood clot that had formed in a damaged artery in her neck had moved to her brain, depriving it of oxygen.

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