Monica O'Brien is celebrating the gift of life.
The 33-year-old Burbank resident has survived three liver transplants and despite the odds, gave birth to a daughter in July.
O'Brien was born with hepatitis C but wasn't diagnosed until after high school, she said.
"I had flu-like symptoms for the first 22 years of my life," she said. "Doctors didn't know why the liver wasn't functioning."
O'Brien was tested for hepatitis C mainly to rule out the illness as she didn't fall into the categories that normally cause it, such as blood transfusions or intravenous drug use.
Her first transplant was a couple of months after her 23rd birthday — 10 years ago. Her aunt Susan Dinovo, her mother's sister, was the donor.
The women recently honored the anniversary of the surgery, Sept. 28, 2000, with Dinovo making a visit to meet O'Brien's newest addition to the family — Meaghan, who was born on July 24.