A man missed out a life-saving surgery, a heart transplant to be exact, because he constantly refuses to get the coronavirus vaccine.
After waiting for years for an organ donor, DJ Ferguson finally received good news where he was told that he was at the front of the line to get a new heart.
But everything changed when he was told that he needed to be fully vaccinated.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has a very strict policy that requires all transplant patients to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
In a statement that was released by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, they said:
Like many other transplant programs in the United States – the COVID-19 vaccine is one of several vaccines and lifestyle behaviors required for transplant candidates in the Mass General Brigham system in order to create both the best chance for a successful operation and also the patient’s survival after transplantation.
CBS News reported that DJ has a baby on the way to join his 2 other children and his family are concerned about his future because they are currently unsure on what their options are.
The family appreciates all the care DJ has received at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston however David, the father of DJ, said that he has the right to refuse to get vaccinated.
During an interview with CBS News, David said:
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. It’s his body. It’s his choice.It’s kind of against his basic principles – he doesn’t believe in it. It’s a policy they are enforcing and so, because he won’t get the shot, they took him off the list ([or] a heart transplant.
The father also said that DJ is right now willing to go to the brink of his health and keep his anti-vaccination stance.
Dr. Arthur Caplan said that there is a very big reason why hospitals right now insist on transplant patients being fully vaccinated.
Dr. Caplan, who is the head of medical ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine talked about the requirement, saying:
Post any transplant, kidney, heart whatever, your immune system is shut off. The flu could kill you, a cold could kill you, COVID could kill you. The organs are scarce, we are not going to distribute them to someone who has a poor chance of living when others who are vaccinated have a better chance post-surgery of surviving.
The family of DJ is currently looking at potentially going to another hospital to get a surgery, however, that could also be placed on halt because of his current weak condition.