Unvaccinated man denied heart transplant by Boston hospital

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The 31-year-old father-of-two refuses to get the shot; the hospital says it is following policy.

A US hospital has rejected a patient for a heart transplant at least in part because he is not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Brigham and Women's Hospital told the BBC in a statement: "Given the shortage of available organs, we do everything we can to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival." The hospital's carefully worded statement may suggest other factors lie beyond the patient's unvaccinated status for his ineligibility, but it refused to discuss specifics, citing patient privacy.

The organiser of the fundraiser said Mr Ferguson was concerned he could experience cardiac inflammation - a potential side effect from coronavirus vaccination thatThe CDC encourages transplant recipients and those in their immediate circles to get fully vaccinated and boosted.


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Disgusting behaviour in the medical world...

I can guarantee you if he wasn't White they would give him the transplant. Whites are being discriminated against in health care

Try stating Boston USA

Is the BBC into clickbait? Organs for transplants are rare commodities & rules exist for a reason. If the patient can't follow the rules they aren't eligible. This patient doesn't trust the science of vaccine but trusts the science of transplantation and anti-rejection drugs? SMH

'First do no harm' but we are past that I guess

This is also not a new policy, there is a massive list of requirements that a potential organ receiver needs to meet from medical one to lifestyle changes, and list of vaccines is one of them. It really is that simple. If you don’t comply you don’t get an organ.

JeremyVineOn5 I am a kidney transplant patient for 23 years now and we should do everything to protect our transplant and I am quadruple vaccinated against Covid. It is free for goodness sake!

How communistic & fascist of the hospital to deny the transplant.! 🤮🤮🥴🥴


I see the flat earth anti-vaccine/anti-science dumb-dumbs commenting haven't bothered reading the article. Shocked I am...


So....he decided he didn't want the vaccine and so the hospital have decided not to do the transplant....

Absolutely disgusting! Maybe he’ll be best to go to another hospital anyway It sounds like these people would have tried to kill him anyway.

He don't care about his health.

The Americans when it comes to there transplant list is filled with corruption and rules, where you have to prove your a Saint to get an organ. Not having the vaccine when would be classed as vulnerable if had the procedure done, would always go against him in that system.



So because he refused vaccination they refused transplant. That's cruel

This make me suspect the vaccine the More.

Whilst it's sad, it's gonna more and more and you can't blame the hospitals

Good. Decisions have consequences.

Same as a drinking alcoholic being denied a liver. If you're not going to protect the organ, give it to someone who will.


It fascinates me how people can so easily justify letting this guy die just because he refused a vaccine..

Speaking of hearts...

This isn't a punitive measure, but clinical. Undergoing major surgery in time of pandemic, would place an unvaccinated candidate at greater risk post-op. America's litigious system of private and semi-private healthcare means hospitals have to take account of these factors also.

Great news. The unvaxxed should be turfed out of hospitals, given anti virals and sent home to deal with it themselves. Then the hospitals can get to treating more deserving cases

Rightly so. As would an unrepentant smoker. Sorry.

BostonRegional Boston Hospital should be ashamed of themselves. This goes against all humanitarian & medical trust rules. You’d expect this in tyrannical countries. I guess this is where we are heading🤦🏼‍♂️



Fascinating, he doesn't believe in vaccines, but he does believe in transplantation and the medications that he should take for life, what a contradiction of the patient, im sorry for him

Has a significantly higher risk of serious surgical complications possibly even fatal from the transplant but he draws the line at vaccines

Fucked around and found out


Misleading everyone BBC… 'the Covid-19 vaccine, and lifestyle behaviours for transplant candidates to create both the best chance for a successful operation and to optimise the patient's survival after transplantation, given that their immune system is drastically suppressed'.

Killing you for your health. It is all about saving you ... can't you see? they have to deny you medical care - to save you ...

Because when you're waiting for a heart transplant is just the time to tune in to a bit of medical disinformation. Smh


After transplant he would be immunosuppressives with medication to reduce rejection of new heart. This would increase his risk of infection by any virus. Limited organ supply. Better to give to immunized candidate.

All transplant patients must meet a number of criteria and always have. Seems a bit click baity to suggest he was denied a transplant because he was unvaccinated, oh wait that's the point

Very sad about this unfortunate young man. We are wasting our efforts trying to mandate vaccinations. But if people don’t want to get vaccinated then they just have to face the consequences— higher insurance costs less access to mass activity. Gatherings flights etc

Isn’t that a kind of highly pathetic attitude towards unvaccinated folks. They’re taking it too far this time. That reminds me of a famous statement “you’re with us or against us”.

How can you trust science for a transplant but not trust science for a vaccine?

Sad... but I'm good with this. I'm sure there are MANY people who can use that heart that did get their shots. Let's remember, a side affect of COVID19 is heart issues. COVIDIOT COVID Covid_19

But they'll let you graft a pig snout onto your medulla though...

The irony ..


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