Woman Gets “Miracle” Kidney In Middle of Pope Francis Visit

The South Jersey woman was escorted by police to Jefferson Hospital.

Ambulance gets police escort into Philadelphia to deliver a life-saving kidney to Jefferson University Hospital.

Ambulance gets police escort into Philadelphia.

As Pope Francis continues to make his rounds in Philadelphia, good news of a “miracle” comes from the New Jersey State Police.

A sick woman in Berlin, New Jersey got a call this morning that a donated kidney had become available at Jefferson Hospital. Trouble was, Philadelphia is on virtual lockdown.

The New Jersey State Department of Health got in touch with the New Jersey State Police around 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the police dispatched Sergeant Chris Modarelli (that’s him on the left) to her home.


The woman rode in a JeffSTAT ambulance, escorted by Modarelli. When they got to the Ben Franklin Bridge, a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle met them and escorted the ambulance through the papal lockdown and to Jefferson. She made it safely to the hospital for her surgery.

In a Facebook post, the New Jersey State Police referred to it all as a “miracle.”