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Gabrielle’s Story

“I must say that our family is truly appreciative of your organization and its mission.  Gabrielle has been through many difficulties in the past 5 years.

Gabrielle Hawkins was born March 11, 2006, and at the age of 3 months old, she was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy.  Gabrielle has had many health battles since her initial diagnosis and has endured a long and eventful hospitalization at a children’s hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Due to her heart condition, she has suffered a stroke, which paralyzed her right side of her body and lost partial speech mobility.  She underwent an emergency gallbladder removal, had a blood clot of the brain, had a collapsed lung, had two instances of pneumonia and was ultimately placed on life supports.

On February 23, 2011, the doctors were able to perform a life-saving heart transplant.

During this time, Gabrielle’s mother was unable to work because she needed to take care of her daughter and two other children.  She has received some financial assistance from family members and a local organ transplant organization, however there were mounting rental bills for our family’s one bedroom apartment.

Harboring Hearts has helped subsidize our rent payments and it has relieved some financial stress and allowed me to concentrate on the health and emotional needs of Gabrielle and my family.

Gabrielle is currently on numerous medications and undergoes intensive cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy in Michigan”. – Jamie Waller

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