Hospitals pull unvaccinated COVID patients from organ donation waiting lists

Hospitals are taking people off waiting lists for donor organs if they refuse to get COVID-19 vaccines.

According to officials, hospitals follow standards set by transplant organizations to give available organs to those with the best chances of survival. the American Transplant Society Recommends that “all transplant candidates and their family members should have You have completed the full set of recommended vaccinations, including vaccinations COVID-19.

I will die freeChad Carswell, 38, a resident of North Carolina, told Charlotte’s WSOC-TV last week after missing his chance to have a kidney transplant in Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem.

“There is no situation in this world in which I would get a vaccine,” he told the Washington Post. “If you’re on your deathbed, and they say to me, ‘You have a kidney waiting for you if you get this shot,’ I’d say to them, I’ll see you on the other side“.

Carswell wouldn’t reveal why he refused to get the vaccine, other than: “I was born free.”

He still receives dialysis three times a week, but this is only a temporary solution.

“I should have a kidney to prolong my life,” he said.

Hospital officials said the policy “follows The current standard of care in the United States, which is to vaccinate all patients on waiting lists or evaluated for transplant.”

Last week, Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital came under fire Denial of a heart transplant To DJ Ferguson, a 31-year-old father who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Ferguson’s father said getting the vaccine was “Kinda against him [son’s] Basic principles,” reported CBS-TV affiliate WBZ in Boston. His mother said he was concerned about side effects, such as “blood clots.”

“Whatever the risks associated with the injection, it’s lower than COVID,” Dr. Art Kaplan, chair of medical ethics at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, told NBC News. “What you want to do is prevent COVID. “

Kaplan also said that with so few hearts available, it is common to order all vaccinations, including the COVID vaccines, on transplant patients to give them the best chance of survival.

After the uproar, the Brigham Hospital System released a statement emphasizing the shortage of donated organs and long waiting lists.

“Like many other transplant programs in the United States, the COVID-19 vaccine is One of the many vaccinations and lifestyle behaviors required for transplant candidates into the Mass General Brigham regimen in order to provide the best chance of a successful operation and also the patient’s survival after transplantation.”

Check out DJ Ferguson’s story in the NBC News video above.

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