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Erika Zak Bio
Erika Zak Bio

Who is Erika Zak (Battles For A Liver Transplant) Bio, Wiki, Age, Death

Erika Zak Bio

Erika Zak was a 39-year-old girl, who inspired millions of people across the world through her battles for a liver transplant. She died during surgery on Friday. The mother of five-year-old Loie died during surgery.

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Late yesterday afternoon, Erika got THE call. The one she had been waiting for for the last 15 months. Cleveland Clinic had a liver and it was hers. • The picture above is when she was saying “see you later” to Loie. Everyone was so hopeful and excited. • Her body was just too weak to endure the surgery. Erika passed away around 2am EST on August 23. • We can’t describe how very devastated we all are. This was her chance to have the normal life she wanted. This was her chance to be the mother she always wanted to be. But for some reason, it wasn’t in the cards. • Our hearts are so broken but we find peace that she left this world feeling hopeful and she is not in pain anymore. • Erika, give Daddy a hug for me. I’ll keep Scott and Loie close and make sure she knows her mommy and how much she loved her. • To all everyone who supported us over the past 5 years and specially the past few weeks, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. • In Erika’s memory, we ask people to sign up to be an organ donor at organdonor.gov or donate to the Erika Zak Memorial Fund (link in bio)

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Erika Zak Siblings

Her twin sister, Jenna Zak, shared some of Zak’s struggles on her own Instagram page, often lambasting the organ donor system in America.

In an Instagram where she tagged UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing, Zak showed a picture of her sister in the hospital. This was prior to the news that Zak would be getting transplant surgery.

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@unosnews this is the photo I took of my sister after she almost bled to death due to her liver failure. Do you take this into account when your reviewers deny her points? Do you factor in she coughs up cups of blood because her liver is failing and is internally bleeding? This isn’t about being fair and following policy. This is about a broken healthcare and donor system that has gone from bad to worse with your policy change that took her from the top of the list at her hospital to a MELD score that is lower than a year ago. We realize your policy change was meant for the greater good but it doesn’t take into account her unique situation, a hole the size of a fist in her liver and destroyed bile ducts caused from a surgery gone very wrong. We are asking for your reviewers to actually speak to her doctors to understand her situation so she will qualify for additional points. Her life is in your hands. Her case is unique and we won’t stop until you listen. #erikazak ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• To all my friends – please continue to share, retweet, send emails to @unosnews. To all my friends – please continue to share, retweet, send emails to @unosnews and follow Erika on Twitter @ErikaZak1. Thank you for your continued support.

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Zak’s battle against both United Health Care and UNOS was lengthy. First, she was denied coverage for a liver transplant by her health care company; after making an emotional appeal to them last year, she was finally approved.

In 2014, the twin sisters got matching tattoos. “We might be the most “untwinlike” twins ever but least we agree on our tattoos,” Jenna wrote.

As for what the tattoos said?

“Be Brave.”


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We might be the most “untwinlike” twins ever but least we agree on our tattoos #bebraveEZ @ohkissthis 😘

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Erika Zak Husband & Children

Zak Met Powers in 1998 in Providence. They Were Married in 2009.

Zak met her future husband, Powers, while they were both students in Rhode Island. She, at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he at Brown University.

They were married over ten years later and had their daughter a few years after that.

Erika Zak Death and Cause

Erika died on 23 August 2019 at the age of 39. According to her husband,

Her death came after a liver became available Thursday afternoon, and her transplant team at the Cleveland Clinic hustled to prepare her for surgery.

The news of the available liver buoyed Erika’s spirits and spread excitement among her surgical team and family after waiting more than a year for this moment, he said. Before going into surgery, he said, Erika was able to spend time with the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Loïe.

Late yesterday the stars briefly aligned while we were at the hospital for an unrelated medical procedure and an organ miraculously became available right then for transplant. We were so excited and rushed our daughter in to spend a half-hour with Erika, the family said in a statement.

She then quickly went into the OR, but deep into the surgery, her body couldn’t handle some of the trauma apparently. She died in surgery.

While our family is devastated by the loss of our beautiful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, we do want to express our deepest gratitude to all of those who have supported Erika and our family through these very difficult weeks, months and years. Through her perseverance in life, Erika embodied hope and set an example of strength.


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