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Dynamic Father and Son Leaders of nuBest Salon Now Share More Than a Work Address

July 29, 2011

Dynamic Father and Son Leaders of nuBest Salon Now Share More Than a Work Address

Michael Mazzei, (l) , owner of nuBest Salon in Manhasset, LI, shakes hands with Dr. Ernesto Molmenti, Surgical Director of the NSUH Transplant Center, while his son Jamie looks on.

MANHASSET, NY – The much-beloved father-and-son team of Michael and James (Jamie) Mazzei, owner and creative director, respectively, of one of Long Island’s trendiest salons, nuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset, have shared a lot in common working side-by-side for 22 years – and now that bond is even stronger. Jamie, 42, donated a kidney to his father Michael, 71, who underwent successful kidney transplant surgery on July 19 at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH).

A week after they were discharged from the hospital, the grateful father and loving son returned to NSUH today to thank the doctors and staff who cared for them and performed their delicate surgeries.

Michael learned three months ago that he needed a kidney as a result of acute diabetes. Immediately, his son sprang into action, and after a round of testing, was thrilled to discover that his kidney was a perfect match for his father.

During today’s news conference, Jamie said his father was concerned about subjecting his son to the surgery, which involved the laparoscopic removal of the kidney by The embedded asset does not exist:
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chair of urology at the “My father has always been my teacher,” said Jamie. “We’ve worked side-by-side for more than 20 years. There’s no question that I would provide my father with this gift of life.”

Father and son kissed and hugged several times during the event, with Michael noting that he expects to be back at the salon with his son by the end of August. “We’ve never felt so much love, and we thank everyone,” he said.

Ernesto Molmenti, MD, surgical director of the NSUH Transplant Center, praised Jamie for being “a true 21st century hero.” Dr. Molmenti explained that healthy adults can lead active and complete lives with just one kidney and should not be afraid to offer a kidney to a parent in need. In the same way, said Dr. Molmenti, parents in kidney failure should not feel ashamed to ask their adult children for help. “As you can see from these two,” said Dr. Molmenti, “this procedure will have a wonderful outcome.”

Learn more about the North Shore-LIJ Transplant Center.

  • Media Contacts:

    Michelle Pinto, Director, Media Relations
    (516) 465-2649
    mpinto@nshs.edu
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