Severe, life-threatening asthma will require lifetime treatment
By: Catie Malooly | 2015.12.02 | 09:59 am
When Kaelea Butterfield was in kindergarten, her parents learned she has severe, life-threatening asthma. Not only is she unable to breathe in enough oxygen during an episode, she’s unable to breathe out carbon dioxide as well.
By: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications | 2015.11.23 | 11:53 am
Reagen Kopsieker is a spunky, spirited 16-year-old who loves to spend her time shopping and on social media, a sharp contrast to the days after her birth, when her parents worried she wouldn’t live to see her first birthday.
Unusual bruising as a toddler led to diagnosis of hemophilia
By: Molly Rossiter | 2015.11.17 | 03:36 pm
Hemophilia is a rare disorder in which the blood doesn’t clot normally because it lacks certain crucial proteins. Beau Atkinson would bleed internally rather than externally, which led to bruising. Making matters worse, Beau received the most severe hemophilia diagnosis.
Drake Fricke was diagnosed with Hirschsprung's disease a day after his birth
By: Molly Rossiter | 2015.11.10 | 09:46 am
When Drake Fricke was just one day old, doctors in Marshalltown found a blockage in his colon and sent him to a Des Moines hospital where it was suggested he may have Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition that affects the colon and can make newborns unable to have a bowel movement.
Family participates in clinical trials to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis
By: Catie Malooly | 2015.10.27 | 03:53 pm
When Sean Peck was 9 days old, a test revealed he has cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that causes his body to produce thick, sticky mucus. The disease impacts Sean’s lungs, pancreas, and liver, affecting his breathing, digestion, and growth.