A 3-yr-old boy in need of urgent heart surgery was refused service at three hospitals in three different countries because his parents have not accepted the COVID jab.
Last Thursday, the toddler was supposed to be airlifted to a hospital in Germany that could perform his heart surgery, but the day before the air ambulance arrived, authorities in Cyprus were notified that they could not perform the life-saving surgery because his parents had not received the COVID jab.
Politico EU reports – Cyprus suggested that the child could be accompanied by a legal guardian instead of his parents, but this suggestion was turned down.
A German health ministry official confirmed there is no rule that says hospitals cannot treat unvaccinated people, let alone children whose parents are not vaccinated. However, the official added that each hospital has its own restrictions and makes its own arrangements with patients.
“Health policies — including vaccination policies — and their concrete implementation are the responsibility of the member states, not the Commission,” said a spokesperson for the European Commission’s health department.
The Cypriot authorities tried to get specialized health centers in the United Kingdom and Israel to perform the operation but were turned down for the same reason given by Germany.
However, the child was airlifted to neighboring Greece on Saturday and will get the operation at a private hospital in Athens, according to the Cypriot health ministry’s director-general, Christina Yiannaki.
The 3-yr-old is now in neighboring Athens, Greece, awaiting surgery.
Sadly, several critically ill patients in the US face the same fate.
Last week, we reported about a Boston hospital that denied a heart transplant to 31-year-old DJ Ferguson, who was at the front of the line after he refused to get the COVID vaccine.
Ferguson, a father of two, suffers from a hereditary heart condition that causes his heart and lungs to fill with blood and fluid. Although in dire need of a heart transplant, the hospital has completely removed him from the transplant list, effectively eliminating his chances of receiving this lifesaving operation.
In October, we reported about Colorado resident Leilani Lutali who was in stage 5 renal failure and desperately needed a kidney. Jaimee Fougner, a woman she met in Bible study just ten months ago, has offered to donate her kidney, but UC Health, the Colorado hospital system that was supposed to perform the transplant, denied performing the life-saving procedure on Lutani because she hadn’t received the COVID jab.
Lutali had already had COVID-19, and after speaking with her doctor and weighing the risks, Lutali made the decision to skip the COVID jab. Her donor, Jamie Fougner, also refused the vaccination based on her religious beliefs. The University of Colorado Hospital also announced they would refuse to accept organs from unvaccinated donors.
In August, we shared a disturbing story reported by The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH about how UW Medicine removed a 64-year-old patient from the transplant waitlist. He says he was on the list for two and a half years. The hospital made the decision after they learned the patient refused to be vaccinated against COVID. They said they would consider adding him back to the waitlist should he satisfy their “compliance concerns.”
Last week, one vaccine-hesitant patient came forward. He says he was told the vaccine was mandatory before he could get a necessary liver transplant. The hospital does not deny any of the allegations.
Heart transplant candidate Frank Sam Allen called into the Jason Rantz show with a similar story, telling the host that he was stopped from seeing his cardiologist for not wearing a mask when entering the medical facility. He explained that wearing a mask further burdens his ability to breathe as he suffers from three leaky heart valves, which impact the blood pumping into his lungs.
In June, the mask ordeal prompted a call from his cardiologist, who informed him that he’d get no transplant without first obtaining the vaccination.
“The cardiologist called me, and we had a discussion. …he informed me that, ‘well, you’re going to have to get a vaccination to get a transplant.’
‘Well, that’s news to me. And nobody’s ever told me that before.’ The doctor replied, ‘yeah, that’s our policy,’” Allen recalled.
Allen said he told the doctor he would not get vaccinated, and a few days later, on June 7th, 2021, he received a letter informing him that he was pulled from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list for a heart.
The letter, signed by UW Medicine and the Cardiac Transplant/Advanced Heart Failure Therapies Selection Committee, stated:
“Your name has been removed from the waitlist at the University of Washington Medical Center. This was done in follow-up to your recent conversation with providers regarding the heart transplant selection committee’s concerns about compliance with COVID-19-related policies and recommendations.”
“We can re-assess you for reinstatement on the waiting list should the compliance concerns resolve in the future or, if you wish, refer you to another center for evaluation in the meantime.”
Mr. Allen responded with::
“I understand that my choices have repercussions, but I did not change the policy. I am most put off, not by your decision to remove me from the list, thereby removing any opportunity to live out my life at a near-normal level, but by the lack of scientific logic that dictates your ‘policy.”
He points to the side effects associated with the vaccine as to why he remained unwilling to get it.
“As a person who has spent much time and money at UWMC as a heart failure patient, I am being told I cannot get care for my condition unless I take an injection that has shown to cause cardiac problems.”
“It seems that a wise choice would be to not make a panic move and run to get injected with the experimental gene therapy until more is known.”
On Aug. 10, Allen received a response from Bo Secord, assistant director of patient relations, who said they received his letter and that it was shared with “appropriate leadership,” but they weren’t budging, telling him:
“As your provider noted, they are happy to re-evaluate should you change your mind.”