Late Thursday 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 for hers.
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.
To all everyone who supported us over the past 5 years and especially 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 here to the Erika Zak Memorial Fund — the proceeds of which will go to the support of Erika’s daughter.