A hospital in Boston is blocking a man from receiving a necessary heart transplant because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
David Ferguson told WBZ-TV his 31-year-old son D.J. has "gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he's been pushed to the limit," revealing Brigham and Women's Hospital has barred him from receiving the transplant he needs.
D.J., a father of two, was reportedly at the top of the list to receive a heart transplant — until it was discovered he does not have, nor does he intend to receive, a COVID-19 inoculation.
"It's kind of against his basic principles," Ferguson explained. "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."
Brigham and Women's Hospital explained the decision with a statement:
[L]ike many other transplant programs in the United States — the COVID-19 vaccine is one of several vaccines and lifestyle behaviors required for transplant candidates in the Mass General Brigham system in order to create both the best chance for a successful operation and also the patient's survival after transplantation.
As a result, he said, "the flu could kill you, a cold could kill you, COVID could kill you."
"The organs are scarce," he continued. "We are not going to distribute them to someone who has a poor chance of living when others who are vaccinated have a better chance post-surgery of surviving."
Ferguson, who said his son's heart is severely deteriorated and can no longer operate independently, revealed his son has remained at Brigham Women's Health but revealed he and his family are "aggressively pursuing all options" to get D.J. the care he needs.
"But we are running out of time," the desperate father added. "I think my boy is fighting pretty ... courageously and he has integrity and principles he really believes in and that makes me respect him all the more."
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