Boston patient withdrawn from heart transplant list for not vaccinated
A 31-year-old father has been evicted from the heart transplant list at a Boston hospital since he is declining to get the COVID-19 vaccine, his family said.
DJ Ferguson’s family say he was first on the list to receive the transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital — nonetheless he is no longer eligible because of his vaccination status, CBS Boston reported.
DJ Ferguson was removed from the heart transplant list at a Boston hospital. Family handout
His father, David Ferguson, said his son — who is struggling for his life in the hospital and is in great need of the transplant — doesn’t believe in the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s 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,”
David told the outlet.
“My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he’s been pushed to the limit.”
Ferguson has two children and is anticipating a third with his partner Heather, as stated by a GoFundMe page set up for him.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is a Harvard teaching facility, said research had shown transplant recipients were at a much higher risk of dying from COVID compared to non-transplant patients.
DJ Ferguson’s family are thinking about relocating him to another hospital. Facebook / Heather Dawson
“We do everything we can to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival,”
a spokesperson told The Post.
“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 wait-list without this.”
The hospital’s strategy demanding recipients to have the COVID-19 shot is in line with many other transplant programs across the US, the spokesperson added.
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