A man has been denied a heart transplant by a hospital in Boston in the US after it was revealed he was not vaccinated against Covid-19.
David Ferguson is serious need of a heart transplant but the Boston took him off the list of people who will be given a transplant according to his dad.
According to Ferguson’s dad, the vaccine goes against his son’s “basic principles, he doesn’t believe in it.
The hospital said if was following policy.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in a statement said “Given the shortage of available organs, we do everything we can to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival.”
The spokesperson of the facility said the hospital requires “the Covid-19 vaccine, and lifestyle behaviours for transplant candidates to create both the best chance for a successful operation and to optimise the patient’s survival after transplantation, given that their immune system is drastically suppressed”.
This means that COVID-19 vaccine is only one of several other vaccinations required for transplants.
On the hospital’s website it clearly stated that one “must also receive the seasonal influenza and hepatitis B vaccines, follow other healthy behaviors, and demonstrate they can commit to taking the required medications”.
The spokesperson further noted the policy of the hospital is “to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival.”
“Our Mass General Brigham healthcare system requires several CDC-recommended vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, and lifestyle behaviors for transplant candidates to create both the best chance for a successful operation and to optimize the patient’s survival after transplantation, given that their immune system is drastically suppressed,” the spokesperson said.
Although, the 31-year-old is having the best of treatment at the facility according to his dad, they do not agree with the vaccine policy and are pursuing all options.
“I think my boy is fighting pretty damn courageously and he has integrity and principles he really believes in and that makes me respect him all the more,” Ferguson’s dad said.