Long Island Father, Son Share A Business And Now A Kidney

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A kidney transplant is the latest joint venture of Michael and Jamie Mazzei,  the father and son who operate one of Long Island’s premier beauty and style establishments, NuBest Salon and Spa in Manhasset.

Jamie Mazzei, 42, donated a kidney to Michael Mazzei, 71, in an operation Tuesday afternoon at North Shore University Hospital.

Tuesday evening, Richard Piana, a spokesman for the family, told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera in an email statement that the operation was a success.

“The kidney is up and running. Dad and son are doing great,” Piana wrote.

The younger Mazzei, who is an only child and his father’s business partner, said the family was in shock to learn three months ago that his father’s kidneys were failing and that a transplant was urgently needed.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: A Perfect Match

“At first we didn’t know what to do,”  Jamie told Rivera.

He immediately got tested and was elated when he was told he could help save his father’s life.

“I felt that being that I was such a close match, 5 out of 6, that this was such the right thing to do”, the younger Mazzei said.

The father and son are well-known philanthropists and prominent businessmen in the community.

They have worked side by side at NuBest Salon and Spa for 22 years, pampering and primping scores of Long Islanders and famous celebrities, including hair and makeup creations for the recent Jonas Brothers wedding party.

Jamie Mazzei said while the two have always been extremely close, going through this life-saving procedure with his father has forged an even deeper bond.

mazzei Long Island Father, Son Share A Business And Now A Kidney

Jamie and Michael Mazzei at their salon June 18, 2011 (credit: Handout)

“A part of me is with him now. We are true partners now, in every sense”, he said. “Now we are connected by a kidney.”

In a statement before the procedure, Michael said he was in good spirits.

“Although the notion of receiving kidney surgery may be daunting, I have always felt that a positive attitude is the best way to yield a positive outcome,” he says.

He also thanked his son for his “remarkable courage, strength and willingness to make such an important sacrifice.”

Would you donate a kidney to save your father’s life? What about a stranger? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • Liliana Cortez

    Michael is an old freind and I had no idea of the challenges he was dealing with.True heartfelt joy after hearing this on the NEWS. A bundle of BLESSINGS I send out to you both and your team of doctors.

  • brooklyn4ever

    Unfortunately, all of my family has predeceased me, but you can bet that if I was a match for anyone of them who may have needed a kidney when they were alive, I’d be right there donating one. The gift of life is the most precious gift of all.

  • Ronke

    Folks, many of these young men who become overnight celebrities, do not have the proper guidance. Unless an overnight celebrity has the proper guidance from a business manager, the individual is more than likely to have issues with tax matters. Everyone deserves a second chance. He is paying a heavy price for the tax issues. Let us be understanding and forgiving….and I personally wish him and his family all the best. Ja Rule this is my personal theme regarding any setbacks….a setback is a setup for a comeback. Brotherman, with the help of God and the blessings of our ancestors, you are going to come back bigger and better. Sankofa

    • james

      most definetly , the greastest gift of love to a parent,is the honor of a child towards that parent

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