Patient Stories

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.

Weight loss surgery offers a new beginning

As a former Marine and an avid competitor in sports like golf and tennis, Randy Cole saw obesity as a challenge. He wanted to lose weight and get back into playing shape on his own.

Keeping up with my kids through weight loss

Whitney Paul already knew that obesity had taken much of the fun out of her life. Still, when she stepped on the scale during an appointment with her doctor in August 2014, she had a shock that affected her deeply.

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