A House for a Warrior Mom
Monica Jorge, a warrior mom who had her arms and legs amputated after contracting a rare flesh-eating bacteria, is one guest Oprah never forgot. Although her life was turned upside down, this inspirational mother never lost sight of what was most important to her: family.
When Oprah learned that Monica was facing more hardship, she stepped in to make another dream come true. In 2010, Monica's husband Tony lost his job as a maintenance mechanic, and the family's living situation was far from ideal. Their modest rental apartment wasn't designed for a person with physical disabilities, so Monica relied on Tony and her two daughters, 12-year-old Madeline and 3-year-old Sofia, to complete everyday tasks like loading the dishwasher and cooking dinner.
Oprah teamed up with Nate Berkus to give Monica's family a life-changing surprise. "No more renting," Oprah said in September 2010. "No more teeny tiny apartment. No more little bitty bathtub. No more cabinets that you cannot open and using your 3-year-old to help you...because we are buying you your very first home!"