Zachary | 2015-16 BBall Kid Captain

UnityPoint Clinic - Express

180 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 120
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

00 Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th St. SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009

01 Patients
Waiting Now

UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 2
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

03 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Ankeny

3625 N. Ankeny Blvd.
Suite E
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

04 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
Suite 101
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

01 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

01 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

02 Patients
Waiting Now

Urgent Care - Urbandale

2901 86th Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

02 Patients
Waiting Now
Blank Children's Hospital

Zachary

Zachary Heath has no trouble making friends. His outgoing personality makes it easy, even in a hospital setting. Diagnosed with several chronic conditions at a young age, Zachary's frequent trips to Mayo Clinic and Blank Children's Hospital allow him to meet friends from all across the country.

"He's a bit of a medical mystery," said Kristie, Zachary's mom. "As soon as our doctors get one issue managed, another one pops up."

When Zachary wasn't gaining weight, doctors began to investigate further. From there, things quickly became more concerning, as pancreatic insufficiency, cyclic vomiting and asthma were discovered. Doctors also ran tests for cystic fibrosis. In June 2015, Zachary had a fecal transplant, and early this year, a bad case of vomiting kept him at Blank Children's for three days. Winter can be a scary season for Zachary, too, as the risk of upper respiratory infections and pneumonia rise. Altogether, Zachary takes roughly 15 medications to help him manage these conditions.

"You go numb in some ways because answers are hard to come by," said Kristie. "Luckily, we have a great care team."

In between his trips to Mayo and Blank Children's, you can find Zachary staying busy with Legos and video games. And of course, playing with his friends. Kristie and her sons will make their next trip to Mayo this upcoming March.

"Life can be stressful, but we manage," said Kristie. "We don't take anything for granted. You just have to roll with it, and do the best you can."