The list of rigid restrictions against those who choose not to get a vaccination is growing across America. This time it isn’t just someone who wants a meal in a restaurant. This case is life and death.
According to CBS Boston, an area hospital maintains that it will not consider giving a patient a heart transplant because he refuses to get a vaccination against COVID-19.
A 31-year-old man, DJ Ferguson, is trying to survive at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. This young man is critically in need of a heart transplant. DJ Ferguson has a hereditary heart condition that causes his lungs and heart to fill with blood and fluid. The man’s father, David Ferguson, is speaking out on his behalf. He told CBS Boston that his son has been willing to go to the edge of death and still stick to his guns, but the hospital is pushing him to his limit.
The family of DJ has said that, at one time, he was at the front of the line to receive a heart transplant, but due to the hospital policy, he is no longer even eligible to get the transplant. This is all due to the fact that he has not received the vaccination, and David Ferguson says that he simply won’t do it. He said that it was against his basic principles and he doesn’t believe in it. Ferguson said that the hospital has chosen to enforce their policy and took him off the list for a heart transplant.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital put out a statement that 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.” The hospital has a list of protocols for transplant candidates that includes a ban on lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol. They said requiring the COVID vaccine is common at many medical centers throughout the country.
The head of medical ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dr. Arthur Caplan, said that for this kind of procedure, it is necessary to be vaccinated.
“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,” Caplan explained.
DJ’s family is distraught. He is the father of two children and he and his wife have another child on the way. They do not know what they are going to do and time is critical. They are considering transferring him, but he may be too weak to move. David Ferguson said that they are trying to look at all of their options, but they are simply running out of time. They have said that the staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have given DJ great care, but they just can’t agree with their heart transplant COVID vaccination policy.
DJ’s father believes that his son is fighting courageously for his life and that he has integrity and principles that he really believes in. David says that he respects his son even more than before his illness. That is why the family is going to stay right by his side and now hope for the best. They believe it is his body and his choice. It’s a shame that the hospital…and the Biden administration…doesn’t feel the same way.