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The family and friends of Jessica Rice are raising money to help with the costs of her liver transplant. Please show your support!

Our dear sister, daughter, aunt, friend, and mother of two, Jessica Rice is currently under care at Florida Hospital’s Transplant Center in Orlando, FL awaiting a liver transplant. Jessica’s condition is extremely serious and the doctors hope to have Jessica listed in UNOS within the next week.

On Thanksgiving 2011, Jessica experienced significant pain in the right side of her abdomen, swelling (edema), and a host of other worrying symptoms. She was admitted at a local hospital who after a two week hospital stay diagnosed her with Liver Disease (NASH). Her care plan was developed to try and save her liver. During the first few months, Jessica was hospitalized four additional times with her condition steadily worsening. Finally her physician referred her to Florida Hospital (the closest transplant center) for transplantation review.

Florida Hospital’s Transplant Center admitted Jessica during their initial meeting. After an additional week in the hospital, Jessica’s condition continued to deteriorate further. It was determined that saving the liver was no longer viable option and Florida Hospital started the process to get Jessica listed on UNOS. The process itself has been challenges as there are many prerequisites that must be met. Jessica’s strength has been an inspiration for all of us, especially for her two young daughters, Madison and Faith.

Jessica and her Family (Donna, Mike, Joe, Madison, and Faith), need your help as they face the many challenges that come with this serious health crisis. The total medical expenses should exceed $700,000.00 when all is said and done. The prescriptions for
immunosuppressant’s and associated medications can easily exceed $10,000.00 the first year, including the ant-rejection medications that will be needed for the rest of her life. It was due to this reason that the transplant team’s financial coordinator strongly suggested that we prepare for this burden.

Thankfully, while her insurance will cover the majority of the cost of surgery and expensive after care immediately after surgery, the long term need for prescription costs is a significant worry.
To make matters worse, there are other major non-medical expenses for the family to cover. The travel expenses to and from Orlando and lost wages are an especially large financial burden for the family. We want to help Jess and her family focus on getting better without the worry of financial stress.

As her close friends and family, we are seeking to ease her burden in any way that we can. Please help support Jessica and her amazing family as she faces this health and financial challenge by donating any amount that you can. Every dollar counts.


If you want to send a donation by mail, please send checks to attention:

Donna Smith (Jessica’s Mother)
1337 Ethel Cir
Palm Bay, FL 32905

All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated!!
Thank you all SO Much!!
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