Boston hospital denies heart transplant to patient not vaccinated against COVID-19 | CBC News

2022-01-27 2:30:00 PM

Hospital says vaccine is one of many immunizations required by most U.S. transplant programs.

Hospital says vaccine is one of many immunizations required by most U.S. transplant programs.

A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man's family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients' chances of survival.

·(Tracey Ferguson via The Associated Press)D.J.'s mother, Tracey Ferguson, insists that her son isn't against vaccinations, noting he's had other immunizations in the past. But the trained nurse said Wednesday that he's been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm — and that he has concerns about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.

(Brian Snyder/Reuters)Patients also must meet other health and lifestyle criteria to receive donated organs, and it's unknown if D.J. Ferguson did or would have met them.Chances for best outcome

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that sounds like an oxymoron, considering people are denied liver transplants if they won't quit drinking. Wouldn't this be the same, risking your heart with possible vacc' side effects? Just shows you're all in on this together. This headline.... There are over 100k people awaiting transplants, and due to the shortage of organs they are prioritizing, “patients most likely to survive the procedure and afterwards”. This guy’s family is pissed because he’s not being pushed to the front of the line.

Jajajajaja No Excuses. Of course Transplant patients need to be vaccinated! Humans that donated organs hoped their organs would help a Transplant Patient live a long life! not organs be wasted on a person who could get seriously ill from Covid-19 & DIE within days or weeks! What’s the reason for not vaccinating? Scared of a tiny chip implanted? Growing an extra limb? More passive aggressive….no one is telling him what to do? 🤔

Someone who’s smarter and will take care of the transplant should get it. When it comes to qualifying for organ transplants, your approval mainly depends upon your risk factors, nothing new here. No sympathy. Get vaxxed or get out. Most Torontonians … 😜 Thats disgusting!!!!! I guess North American is the new china!

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Meanwhile in Canada.... I would have thought COVID 19 vaccines would be a no no for organ transplant patients because of the high risk of blood clots after an organ transplantation and the risk of blood clots, myocarditis and pericarditis with COVID 19 vaccines. This shouldn’t even be news. It’s routine

good, let him expire and give the heart to someone deserving There were many new borns during pandemic, and there were no immunization requirements by hospitals. Why now? Don not blame the program itself, it’s the evil spirits who made the decision. Do the program also requires flu shot for each patient?

Next in line please Does this clown not realize that contracting an infection during surgery is a higher probability than acquiring a side effect from the vaccine?

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S. transplant programs The Associated Press · Posted: Jan 26, 2022 9:06 PM ET | Last Updated: 10 hours ago An undated photo of D. volunteers Thomson Reuters · Posted: Jan 25, 2022 10:39 AM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago Pfizer and BioNTech said on Tuesday they started a clinical trial to test a new version of their vaccine specifically designed to target the COVID-19 Omicron variant.J. (Evan Mitsui/CBC). Ferguson, whose family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. (Tracey Ferguson via The Associated Press) The family of D. Instead, both the company, CanSino Biologics, and McMaster are now independently racing to develop similar COVID-19 booster vaccines.

J. Ferguson said in a crowdfunding appeal this week that officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital told the 31-year-old father of two that he was ineligible for the procedure because he hasn't been vaccinated against the coronavirus. "We are literally in a corner right now. This is extremely time sensitive," the family said in its fundraising appeal, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars. "This is not just a political issue. Over the years the company has maintained ties with Canadian researchers and used Canadian technology to develop its vaccines — including an Ebola vaccine and its single shot COVID vaccine.

People need to have a choice!" D.J.'s mother, Tracey Ferguson, insists that her son isn't against vaccinations, noting he's had other immunizations in the past. But the trained nurse said Wednesday that he's been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm — and that he has concerns about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. "D. However, the partnership hasn't been active in years.

J. is an informed patient," Tracey Ferguson said in a brief interview at her home in Mendon, about 50 kilometres southwest of Boston. "He wants to be assured by his doctors that his condition would not be worse or fatal with this COVID vaccine." Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, seen here in 2015, says transplant recipients are at higher risk than non-transplant patients of dying from COVID-19, and that its policies are in line with the recommendations of the American Society of Transplantation. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) Brigham and Women's Hospital declined to comment on D. McMaster hoped CanSino could in turn provide funding as well as manufacturing capabilities for trials, given that tuberculosis is still a problem in China.

J. Ferguson's case, citing patient privacy laws. But it pointed to a response that it posted on its website in which it said the COVID-19 vaccine is one of several immunizations required by most U.S. transplant programs, including a flu shot and hepatitis B vaccines..

The hospital said research has shown that transplant recipients are at higher risk than non-transplant patients of dying from COVID-19, and that its policies are in line with the recommendations of the American Society of Transplantation and other health organizations. Patients also must meet other health and lifestyle criteria to receive donated organs, and it's unknown if D.J. Ferguson did or would have met them. Brigham & Womens Hospital also stressed that no patient is placed on an organ wait list without meeting those criteria, and rejected the notion that a transplant candidate could be considered "first on the list" for an organ — a claim Ferguson's family made in its fundraising post.

"There are currently more than 100,000 candidates on wait lists for organ transplantation and a shortage of available organs — around half of people on waiting lists will not receive an organ within five years," the hospital said. Chances for best outcome Hospitals in other states have faced similar criticism for denying transplants to patients who weren't vaccinated against COVID-19. In Colorado last year, a woman suffering from late-stage kidney disease said she was denied a transplant by her hospital because she was unvaccinated. Leilani Lutali, a born-again Christian, said she opposed immunization because of the role that fetal cell lines play in some vaccines' development. There is a scarcity of donor organs, so transplant centres only place patients on the waiting list whom they deem the most likely to survive with a new organ.

"A donor heart is a precious and scarce gift which must be cared for well," said Dr. Howard Eisen, medical director for the advanced heart failure program at Penn State University in Hershey, Penn. "Our goal is to preserve patient survival and good outcomes post-transplant." The United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that manages the country's organ transplant system, doesn't track how many patients refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine have been denied transplants, said Anne Paschke, an organization spokesperson. She said patients who are denied organ transplants still have the right to go elsewhere, though individual hospitals ultimately decide which patients to add to the national wait list.

According to the online fundraiser, D.J. Ferguson was hospitalized in late November for a heart ailment that caused his lungs to fill with blood and fluid. He was then transferred to Brigham and Women's, where doctors inserted an emergency heart pump that the family says is only meant to be a temporary stopgap. "It's devastating," Tracey Ferguson said.

"No one ever wants to see their child go through something like this." .