Transplant Type: Heart and Liver
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Rome Jackson is fighting for his life. In 1976, he was born with a hole in his heart that never closed. He received his first pacemaker at the age of eighteen and has had several pacemaker surgeries since then. His condition has continued to worsen including developing cirrhosis of the liver, and now doctors say a heart and liver transplant is critical for his survival.
During such a challenging time, Rome is thankful for his wife, Sherrell, their four children, family and friends who have been by his side every step of the way. He wishes they didn’t have to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Before his health began to decline, Rome enjoyed being a DJ at events, spending time with his loved ones, and participating in games and activities, but these days, his activities are quite limited. He looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to be healthy enough to spend many more years making memories with his family and friends, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Rome’s hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average heart and liver transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the cost of his transplant, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they are as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Because Rome lives more than 95 miles from his transplant center, he incurs substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging. When he receives his transplant, Rome will have to stay near the hospital during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Rome.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Connecticut Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Rome Jackson” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Massachusetts General Hospital