Patient Stories

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.

Rehab program uses unique approach to manage chronic back pain

Allen McGruder photo
"I cam out of this program with a profound sense of empowerment. This program did what no surgery could do: unhitch me from helplessness," Allen says.

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.

Ray's story

Thanks to the UI Hospitals & Clinics Ray Haas was able to get back to his very active lifestyle with no limitations after he had a hip replacement.

Bariatric surgery — it will change your life

"I can remember being chubby in grade school. I was the one who didn’t want to get on the scale so others could see what I weighed. You name the diet, and I’ve been on it – but after awhile your motivation lags, and you go back to your old ways."

Math professor counts on UI for innovative cardiac procedure

Roseanne Wolf and Dr. Michael Giudici
“Every time I come in for a follow-up with Dr. Giudici, he’s telling me to go run more races,” Roseanne says. “There are no restrictions to what I can do now whatsoever.”

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