Jamie Zimmerman, a doctor and journalist working for ABC News, died in a tragic accident on Monday.
She was 31.
According to reports, Zimmerman was crossing the Lumahai River in Kauai when she slipped on some rocks. When rescue found her, she was unresponsive. Zimmerman was rushed to a local hospital, where she died.
Her mother, Jordan Zimmerman, confirmed this report in a post on Jamie’s Facebook page.
“This is a post I never thought I would have to write. It is not supposed to happen this way! On Monday my precious daughter Jamie Lauren slipped on some rocks at the mouth of the Lumahai River on Kauai, Hawaii and was swept out to sea. Lifeguards and paramedics rushed to rescue Jamie, but were not able to resuscitate her,” she wrote.
“I am so proud of my Jamie Jo and life will never be the same without her. She helped make me a better woman and the world a better place. I am honored to be her mother and only wish she had additional time here to do even more, but that wasn’t God’s plan.
“I hope my baby girl’s life will inspire you to take action to make our world better. It can be as little as sharing a smile or kind word or as big as your imagination and effort will allow. This is Jamie’s legacy. When you act upon this challenge, Jamie’s smile will light up the heavens. I am sure of it!,” she continued.
Apart from her work with ABC News as a medical expert, Zimmerman ran a site where she “united science and spirituality, meditation and medicine.”