Patient Stories

Winning with a team approach

Geri Walker
Geri Walker spent most of her career in the chaos of a school lunchroom, using her hands to prepare trays and count money. Her routine became disrupted one winter day in December 2014, when she struggled to move the fingers of her right hand.

In good hands

Linda Ayers
When severe cases of osteoarthritis in both of her thumbs made even the simplest of tasks painful, Linda took immediate action – first to see her own doctor and then to consider surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

Moving forward

After more than a week at the Cedar Rapids hospital, Daniel was transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. On Dec. 16, he underwent emergency surgery - the first of four procedures over the next two weeks to remove the"dead" areas of the pancreas and drain excess fluid from his abdomen. In surgical cases like Daniel's, the development of a hernia at the site of the incision is not uncommon.

‘A blessing to know’

Jill Asprey
Jill Asprey knows the importance of timing and tough decisions. She credits both with helping doctors find an ovarian tumor early and getting her on the path to further reducing her risk of cancer.

Keeping up

Tara Meyer
Tara Meyer had begun to notice a change in her physical fitness. Her energy seemed low, and simple tasks like climbing stairs and doing laundry left her out of breath. Thankfully she wound up at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics' Pulmonary Hypertension Center.

Megan's midwifery story

Megan Rife knew that a midwife was right for her before she was pregnant. The certified nurse midwives at UI Health Care delivered both of her children, so she never felt like just another patient.

ECMO provides life-saving support for patients with critical illnesses

Mike Durant
"I'd get up from my chair and couldn't move, I was so exhausted," says the 44-year-old who lives near the northwest Iowa town of Whittemore. "I knew I had to do something."

Deep brain stimulation surgery helps Parkinson’s patient get her life back to normal

Linda Stambaugh
After she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Linda Stambaugh of Browning, Illinois, saw her life slide downhill.

Wearable LifeVest defibrillator saves local nurse from sudden cardiac death

Image of doctor holding medical device
Annamarie Fracaro, Licensed Practical Nurse from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, is used to taking care of patients with heart problems. However, Annamarie suddenly became ill, having difficulty breathing and minor chest pain. But her problems didn’t end there. Annamaire developed cardiomyopathy, which can lead to severe heart rhythm problems and heart failure. Her doctor, a cardiologist with the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center, was concerned about sudden cardiac death, so he prescribed the ZOLL LifeVest, which is the first ever, wearable defibrillator worn outside the body rather than implanted in the chest like an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Less than two months later, this device saved Annamarie’s life.

My new normal after bariatric surgery

After music teacher Molly Peterson became self-conscious of her size, she knew something had to change. Bariatric surgery from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics her take back control.

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