The man was identified as DJ Ferguson and is 38 years old. According to the media, the hospital said that the man was denied the transplant because the vaccine is a way to “guarantee” a successful operation and that there is a greater survival of the patient.
Boston Hospital’s measures
“The hospital, which has a list of protocols for transplant candidates that includes a ban on lifestyle choices like smoking and alcohol, said requiring the COVID vaccine is common at many medical center’s throughout the country,” the medical center communicated.
Although his family is considering taking him to another hospital, they dare not because he is too weak. “Without the surgery his lungs and heart will continue to fill up with blood and fluid (on top of everything else that’s going on),” said Ferguson’s wife, Heather Dawson.
The Daily Mail detailed that this is not the first patient to experience a similar situation. “In October, Leilani Lutali of Colorado, 56, was taken off the transplant list at a University of Colorado Health hospital because she and her prospective kidney donor Jaimee Fougner, 45, hadn’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.”