Unvaxxed patient, denied heart transplant undergoes surgery
A Massachusetts father of two who was removed from a heart transplant waiting list because he refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine has undergone open-heart surgery, his family said last week.
David Ferguson, the father of the 31-year-old patient D.J. Ferguson, told Fox News the surgery was a last resort option as doctors tried to find temporary solutions to stabilize him after staff at the Boston hospital said he was ineligible for the transplant due to being unvaccinated.
“He got led down a path where they had to stop doing procedures, where they said he was qualified nonetheless for the heart transplant. But he had to get the vaccine in order to get that transplant,” the patient’s father told the network.
“He’s deteriorated so much so quickly that they had to resort to open-heart surgery and doing the LVAD [left ventricular assist device] mechanical pump,” he said. “So now my boy has a pump, he’s in recovery. He went through seven hours of surgery.”
Ferguson was admitted to the hospital in November after suffering from a hereditary heart condition and his heart and lungs were filled with blood and fluid.
The hospital—Brigham & Women’s Hospital—said that the COVID-19 vaccines are required, defending itself by saying transplant programs have certain requirements that patients need to follow.
“Our Mass General Brigham healthcare system requires several CDC-recommended vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine,” the hospital said in a statement sent to The Epoch Times.
Ferguson’s mother, Tracey, said her son has nothing against COVID-19 vaccines, noting that he’s had other immunizations in the past. In an appeal for funds, the patient’s family said Ferguson has had a short history of atrial fibrillation, often called AFib—an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm—which could put him at high risk for adverse reaction and even death after taking the shot.
“He wants to be assured by his doctors that his condition would not be worse or fatal with this COVID-19 vaccine,” his mother said.