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History and Purpose

In 1998 Doctors Osama and Lillian Gaber established Nora’s Gift Foundation in memory of their daughter Nora, who was killed in a tragic automobile accident. 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, an enduring gift to those in need.

Patients suffering from end stage organ disease and facing the need for life saving transplant surgery must deal with many challenges. Medical care often requires them to travel far from home and many patients awaiting transplant, under-going surgery or having follow-up care must stay in Houston for many months. During this difficult time, and in addition to their tremendous medical expenses, 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 offers transplant patients and their families a friendly place to stay where they can find support and share experiences with others, in the comfort of a home-like environment.

Our Mission

Nora’s Home is a new, freestanding facility near the Texas Medical Center at 8300 El Rio Street. It is a multi-resource life center dedicated to transplant and organ failure patients and their families. The mission of Nora’s Home is to offer affordable lodging for pre-transplant and post-transplant patients and their families who travel to any of the Texas Medical Center transplant centers. The first of its kind in Houston, it provides care, education and support for transplant patients and their families in a loving, home-like environment.

Built with the specific needs of transplant patients and families in mind it includes: 16 private bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a great room, a chapel, a community room, an education center and free shuttle services to the medical center.

Core Values

Essential to accomplishing our mission is always acting with:

  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Dedication
  • Embrace Diversity
  • Professionalism

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Did you know?
In 2013, out of the 28,954 organ transplants that occurred in the United States, over one-fifth ( approximately 5,989) were living donor transplants.

When an organ is donated, methods of preservation are used to keep it viable until transplantation. However, time is critical and there are limits to how long an organ can be preserved, depending its on type.

Common maximum organ preservation times

  • Heart, lung: 4-6 hours
  • Liver: 8-12 hours
  • Pancreas: 12-18 hours
  • Kidney: 24-36 hours

Before an organ is allocated, medical factors such as blood type, height, weight, and age must be considered. Matching patients with the proper organ size is vital to a successful transplant operation; children are most compatible with child-sized organs.

In the United States alone, more than 120,000 people are waiting to receive a life-giving organ transplant.

1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives.

It is a commonly believed myth that a person can be “too old” to donate their organs because it is a fact that there is no defined cutoff age for donating organs.

Since 1988, 25,414 people between the ages of 50 and 64 have donated a kidney!

The decision to use someone’s organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Age is never a factor when deciding if a person is a suitable donor for a transplantation, unless the patient is a child in need of an organ that matches with their age.

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