U.S. hospital denies man life-saving heart transplant due to vaccination status

A hospital in Boston, Massachusetts has denied a 31-year-old a heart transplant partly because he is unvaccinated and therefore would not qualify for the life-saving transplant under the hospital’s policy.

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The 31-year-old patient, DJ Ferguson, GoFundMe page update says that he is “now in severe end stage heart failure, meaning that he is going to need a heart transplant to live.”

“On top of the heart failure his heart is extremely swollen and dilated. Which puts him at high risk of cardiac arrest etc.”

The GoFundMe update states that the transplant board will not list him on the organ waitlist because of his vaccination status.

“The bad news is that the transplant board will not actively list him due to his vaccination status.”

The GoFundMe states that he is deciding not to be vaccinated due to his state of health with his heart.

“Now I know this is a touchy subject for everyone, but let me explain this for the people that don’t understand the issue with this. The vaccine typically causes swelling in the heart (usually temporary for most people no big deal right?) But in DJs case he can NOT afford for his heart to swell any more than it already is right now. He is at extremely high risk of sudden death if it does.”

The GoFundMe update states that he has consulted doctors regarding the risks of being vaccinated given his heart condition.

“We have had many conversations with the doctors, who confirmed that his heart COULD swell and go into severe crisis but they can’t guarantee anything and it’s a choice we will have to make if he wants to be listed.”

Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts 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.”

A spokesman for the hospital told the BBC that the hospital requires “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”.

DJ Ferguson has been hospitalized since November 26, 2021, due to a hereditary heart issue that causes his lungs to fill with blood and fluid, his GoFundMe page says.

“He started out in Milford hospital where his lungs were completely filled with blood and fluid, caused by a hereditary heart issue. This issue has taken a toll on his body and his heart is currently functioning at an extremely low percentage”, the GoFundMe page states.

“A combination of the low heart function, and heart medication caused three blood clots that required immediate surgery at UMASS. Healing from this surgery has been pretty difficult as he suffered damage to his left leg/foot and other complications.”

The update on DJ’s GoFundMe page states that he has been put onan emergency heart pump which would usually bump a patient to the top of the heart transplant list, but in DJ’s case he is not active on the list at all due to his vaccination status.

“Two nights ago DJs vitals started to crash out of no where and they had to insert an emergency heart pump. This pump is essentially assisting his heart to pump 24/7 but it’s usually only effective for about two weeks. When you’re on this particular heart pump it pushes you to the top of the transplant list. Which we currently are not active on.”

“Today DJs heart went into another serious episode and his labs are showing the beginning signs of cardiac shock.”
The GoFundMe update adds, “This is extremely time sensitive. We’re being pressured to choose a shot that could kill him. This is not just a political issue. People need to have a choice! People need to realize that there ARE others out there that are at high risk while receiving this shot, and it COULD kill them.”

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