Faces of Transplant: Jessica Zampieri

 Name?

Jessica Zampieri

What is your connection to transplant?

Liver Recipient

Why did you choose to have your care at Columbia?

One month before I celebrated my 1-year liver transplant anniversary, I moved to New York City from Ohio. My post-transplant care was crucial to prevent rejection. I wanted to receive the best, most innovative care. After doing research and speaking with a friend, I knew Columbia was the only place for me.

How many years are you post-transplant?

6.5 years

What is your quality of life like now?

I feel wonderful! I function as any typical healthy 35 year old woman; loving life and pursing my dreams. With my health, I have the strength to be the best I can be, both professionally and personally. Every day I’m grateful for every second of my donor’s selfless act. Before my transplant I didn’t know how bad I felt until I felt good again. The gift of life I received was truly life changing for me. It prioritized my perspective on life and the dreams I have. Without a moment to waste, all the goals I set, I made happen. Since my transplant, I moved to NYC, made President’s Club at work, met and married my husband, wrote a book, traveled, volunteered and am now planning a family. After all those accomplishments and still in good health, I continue to set goals and dream big. I can’t help but think about how close to death I was and how I am now living life to the fullest because I was given the gift of life.

Tell us about your relationship with your transplant team.

I’m very appreciative of my relationship with the transplant team. They have taken me in as one of their own successful transplant stories. Even though I did not have my transplant at Columbia, they are the reason for my continued good health. The transplant team knows me by name, greets me with a hug and makes me feel special.They truly have a heart for all that they do. 

 

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