Patient is more likely to die from the vaccine than the virus.
A critically ill Boston man has been denied a heart transplant because he had refused to take the COVID vaccine. CBS Boston reports that DJ Furguson was on the waiting list to receive a heart at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, but was removed from it when staff became aware of the man's vaccine status.
Furguson’s father told reporters that the COVID vaccine is “kind of against his basic principles, he doesn’t believe in it. It’s a policy they are enforcing and so because he won’t get the shot, they took him off the list of a heart transplant.”
“My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he’s been pushed to the limit,” Mr Furguson added.
“We are aggressively pursuing all options, but we are running out of time,” he continued, adding “I think my boy is fighting pretty damn courageously and he has integrity and principles he really believes in and that makes me respect him all the more.” “It’s his body. It’s his choice,” Mr Furguson asserted.
The media gloated over the man's treatment, with much of social media supporting the hospital's move, even though his heart complaint has nothing whatsoever to do with Covid.
A Hospital spokesperson told The New York Post “We do everything we can to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival,” adding “Our Mass General Brigham healthcare system requires several CDC-recommended vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, and lifestyle behaviors for transplant candidates to create both the best chance for a successful operation and to optimize the patient’s survival after transplantation, given that their immune system is drastically suppressed.”
“Patients are not active on the waitlist without this,” the spokesperson added.
However Dr James Anderson, a Consultant from Massachusetts, asserts that the patient is more likely to die from the vaccine than the virus, stating "the incidents of people in this man's age-group suffering Myocarditis and Pericarditis is far higher than those dying from Covid. His heart is already in a weakened state and he would not be able to survive the type of trauma the vaccine could induce. I would say that he made the right decision not having the vaccine."
A GoFundMe campaign has been setup for Furguson and has so far pulled in over $42,000 already. DJ’s wife Amanda posted an update, noting that her husband “went through all the testing to be put on the transplant list and passed with flying colors since he’s young and healthy aside from the heart failure. With that being said he was accepted to be a candidate for heart transplant.”
She continues, “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. 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.”
“We are devastated. We can’t even process this,” she continues, adding “I haven’t even found the courage to sit down with my son and explain what is happening to his father. I can not even start to describe the pain we are all going through.”