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Shortly after her birth, Jocelynn Poirier was diagnosed with a rare liver condition, and her parents were told that she would eventually need a liver transplant to survive.
Around the age of two, doctors suggested the family start the process of getting Jocelynn listed for transplant, which brought the Poiriers to Philadelphia for her care.
Seeking life-saving care in Philadelphia meant the family was a more than 9-hour drive from the quiet, upstate New York life that they were used to. Thankfully, Gift of Life Howie’s House was there when they needed it most. Before they stayed at the House, they lodged in a hotel almost 45 minutes outside of the city for Jocelynn’s appointments.
“After we first opened the door to the room, we literally closed and re-opened it because we couldn’t believe it was real.” -Melissa, mother of Jocelynn, a liver transplant recipient
When the Poiriers came to Gift of Life Howie’s House, they said it was like a breath of fresh air. “After we first opened the door to the room, we literally closed and re-opened it because we couldn’t believe it was real” says Melissa, Jocelynn’s mom.
Jocelynn’s father Ben adds, “I just remember how it was a very friendly and hospitable atmosphere. The facilities are great and clean, and it’s so convenient to be here.”
Jocelynn received her life-saving liver transplant in May, and had a comforting place to heal, eat and play like a regular kid. The support of our generous community will ensure that more families like hers have access to the same level of care.
You can help transplant patients and families, and the Gift of Life Howie’s House grow stronger together by making a gift today.