So, with the help of the social worker, we started looking for a safe and healthy place to stay while waiting for Eli’s transplant. That’s how we discovered the House. From the first time we visited, we knew this was the place for us!
First of all, the staff was welcoming, warm and attentive to our needs. They even adapted several elements in the house to be able to welcome Eli properly. He was 3 months old at the time. Secondly, the place was clean and safe. Considering the fact that the slightest cold could lead to a relapse of Eli’s health, it was reassuring for us to know that the staff of the house paid particular attention to the hygiene and well-being of the residents. Thirdly, the social life was enjoyable. We stayed at the transplant house for over five months. As the days went by, strong bonds were formed between us, the various staff members and the other residents of the House. We became a big family! The fact that we can exchange and share our experiences with people who are going through much the same thing as us is reassuring. It breaks the isolation. Even today, despite the distance and time, these ties remain! Finally, the transplant house has become our home. In fact, every year, when we go to Montreal for Eli’s annual follow-ups, we are happy to be able to stay at the transplant house again. We enjoy seeing familiar faces and getting to know the new residents.
One thing is certain, the transplant house was Eli’s very first home! A home where we were able to give him a semblance of a normal life, despite the medical storm that had been raging since his birth. We are extremely grateful for this! ”
Rachel Lacasse, Éli’s mother