It was a motorcade to remember for a New Jersey woman in need of a kidney during the Papal visit, and it didn't involve the Popemobile.
The woman, who lives in Berlin, New Jersey, learned Saturday morning that a donated kidney was available at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Knowing how difficult it would be to get her there due to the extensive road closures for the Pope, the State Department of Health contacted New Jersey State Police around 11 a.m. and requested an escort to the hospital.
New Jersey State Police Sergeant Chris Modarelli met an ambulance at noon at the woman’s home. He then provided a police escort over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia where they were met by Pennsylvania State Police. The woman was then safely transported to Jefferson Hospital where she’ll receive her new kidney.
NJ State Police called the event a “miracle during the Papal visit.” It was also an incredible example of the hard work and dedication of some our region’s finest.