At 18 years old, Jazmin Saludado is not waiting to see what college she got into or what dress she will end up wearing to her prom. She’s not waiting to find our about a summer internship or how she can get more followers on Snapchat. She’s waiting for something that will save her life. She’s waiting for a liver transplant and has been waiting for almost 2 years.
This strong, positive girl, from Los Angeles, California, who embodies courage, perseverance and hope has been battling illness most of her life. At 12 years old, Jazmin was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis and is now in the hospital for Cirrhosis, a chronic disease of the liver, and waiting for her transplant. When asked why it’s taken so long to receive her new liver she laughs it off as if it’s no big deal. “I don’t know,” she says, “There are too many people on the waiting list and their are not enough livers. I might have to wait for a long time”. And although she tells us the mornings are really tough and sometimes she has headaches and pain, she remains upbeat and likes to focus on how she “still feels good” and “still feels ok”.
Jazmin has spent the last 8 months waiting for her new liver at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA and fights bravely through the bad days by looking forward to better days yet to come.