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Jennifer Shih

Cardiologist Dr. Jennifer Shih, MD, did what any physician would do for a patient overwhelmed by exhaustion: she performed an echocardiogram. But Jennifer’s situation was unique, because she was performing the test on herself. What she saw began a terrifying journey. Doctors determined that her heart was too damaged to pump on its own and implanted a medical device to keep it beating. Long-term, however, they know heart transplantation was her only option for survival. Only two weeks after being placed on the national organ transplant waiting list, due to the severity of her illness, Jennifer received her Gift of Life. “My transplant has allowed me to appreciate life in a new way,” Jennifer explains. “I am more aware of all the good in people and the world.”