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The Hearts of a Girl with Jessica Carmel

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The Hearts of a Girl with Jessica Carmel

Mel sits down with friend Jessica Carmel to talk about her book The Hearts of a Girl: The Journey Through Congenital Heart Disease and Heart TransplantJessica talks about what it is like to be not only a heart transplant recipient at 16 and also a kidney transplant recipient 10 years later. Jessica has spoken to organizations about her double transplant and is in the process of getting her Masters in Health Communications from DePaul University. She will use her education to help other people with Congenitive Heart Failure and spread awareness about the disease.

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From a very young age, Jessica learned what the fight for life and the will to live meant. Growing up in the northern suburbs of Chicago,  she attended school as any normal child did. She made friends and studied diligently. Jessica has always known what it was like to be a patient with a heart problem and then at the age of sixteen, a transplant patient. Jessica received her heart transplant in the fall of 1999.

Since receiving her heart, she applied and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in business management and entrepreneurship. Her mom, an avid “Heart Mom”, her sister Amy and family have been an amazing support system for Jessica. She has accomplished so much in her young life. She is an advocate for the congenital heart disease community and transplant community.

She has spoken multiple times for and have done media interviews for some of the following; Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Give of Hope, GiveForward, and Children’s Heart Foundation. She has written for several online transplant communities one in particular the National Kidney Foundation when she was going through the process of receiving her second organ transplant, a kidney, in 2009.

As a pioneer of CHD and transplant advocacy she is also firmly rooted in the social network of CHD patients, parents and families and heart and kidney patients and families. Jessica’s passion for life and her future make her an amazing and powerful partner. Jessica will do everything to promote her book because its success means the growing awareness of CHD and transplant communities.


About Mel Majoros:

Mel Majoros, currently in remission, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.  On a lucky break after her cancer surgery she was offered a job as a producer on a local talk sports show in Michigan where she advocates about cancer and other health related topics.  During that time she started blogging and her blog has been named one of the top ten breast cancer blogs by  She brings a unique perspective to being a survivor, always keeping a positive attitude and an athletes mentality for dealing with cancer and survivorship. Prior to working in radio Mel was a 10 year veteran of the television industry working on such shows as Walker, Texas Ranger and Crossing Jordan.