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Nora’s Home offers first lodging for transplant patients in the TMC

Houston, TX - 10/30/2012

Nora’s Home, which will offer transplant patients and their families an affordable place to stay while undergoing treatment before, during and after transplant, broke ground today on its 12,000 square foot facility located near Reliant Stadium.

The first of its kind in Houston and the Gulf Coast region, Nora’s Home will offer transplant patients and their families support, education and an inexpensive place to stay where they can share experiences with others in the comfort of a home environment.  Nora’s Home will be a new, freestanding facility near the Texas Medical Center featuring 16 private bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a great room, a chapel/meditation room, a community room, an education center and free shuttle services to the Texas Medical Center.

Dr. A. Osama Gaber, Director of Transplantation at The Methodist J.C. Walter, Jr. Transplant Center and his wife, Dr. Lillian Gaber, founded Nora’s Gift Foundation in 1998 in honor of their daughter, Nora, who was killed in a tragic automobile accident at the age of seven. Nora’s legacy did not end with her death. Her organ donations helped several critically ill children and fueled the creation of Nora’s Home.  The groundbreaking comes at a time of significant growth in transplant programs around the country.

Within the last 10 years in the Texas Medical Center alone, more than 7,400 solid organ transplants have been performed at six transplant centers. Of those patients, one-third travel from outside Texas.

 “Transplant patients must undergo months of testing before and after surgery and many travel long distances with their families,” Gaber said. “During this difficult time for patients and their families are burdened with the high cost of lodging, the loneliness of being away from their loved ones and the fear of losing their jobs, homes and way of life. Nora’s Home hopefully will relieve some of this burden.”

To date, The Methodist Hospital has raised about $2 million toward the facility’s $3.4 million capital campaign.  The home, which is open to all patients in the TMC, is expected to be completed in 2013.

For more information, log on to www.norashome.org.