Cooper Leeman

Kid Captain Cooper Leeman and his mother smile before the cameras in the Hawkeye football locker room at Kids Day at Kinnick on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Kids Day at Kinnick is an annual event for families to experience Iowa's football stadium, while watching preseason practice and honoring this year's Kid Captains. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Major complications following surgery had Cooper Leeman’s parents discussing end of life care with his doctors.

But a Hail Mary effort by the team at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is why the 5-year-old Radcliffe boy is still laughing, smiling and even taking on kindergarten.

Cooper Leeman

Radcliffe's Cooper Leeman hangs out with Hawkeye players Brady Reiff (91) and Brady Ross (36) during Kid's Day at Kinnick earlier this year. Cooper is the Kid Captain for Iowa's bowl game.

Cooper Leeman

Cooper Leeman and his mom Laurel hang out during the festivities at Kid's Day at Kinnick Stadium.

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