IRIS, the French primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) patient group, just made available a new apartment in Marseille (South of France) to host families with a primary immunodeficiency child undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) in La Timone University hospital.
IRIS has for many years made two flats available in Paris for PID patients and their families and is now very happy to extend this support to the PID community in Marseille.
Helping patients and families going through HSCT with housing represents a major financial commitment for IRIS but this is when families need the most support.
“Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) is a difficult and life-threatening process and the availability of the parents for their child is needed for obvious psychological reasons”, explains Virginie Grosjean, executive director of IRIS.
Why in Marseille? University Hospital La Timone in Marseille (part of CEREDIH, the national centre of reference for PIDs) is acknowledged by the French health authorities for their expertise in transplantation in Children with PIDs and an increased number of young PID patients has been treated there.