The Biden administration’s CDC, which advocates lifting Title 42 and vaccine mandates on immigrants, supports policies that allow hospitals to prohibit life-saving transplant surgeries based on vaccination status. Such is the case for a 9-year old boy, now fighting for his life because a hospital will not allow his unvaccinated father to donate a kidney.
The boy’s father, Dane Donaldson, was identified as a potential donor in 2018, when the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital diagnosed his young son, Tanner, with kidney failure
According to The Epoch Times, following medical counsel, the family elected to wait on the transplant surgery as “transplanted kidneys from a live donor only last about 20 years.”
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a hold on the procedure.
Now there is a critical need for Tanner to have the transplant surgery. Though the hospital previously approved Dane to be a donor, hospital administrators are now refusing to move forward with the surgery because Dane has not received a COVID vaccination.
The Epoch Times report notes that in a statement released to them, the hospital cited a 2021 policy that “requires all donors and candidates for organ transplants to be fully vaccinated against the virus.”
“Individuals who are actively infected with COVID-19 have a much higher rate of complications during and after surgery, even if the infection is asymptomatic,” the policy stated.
The father told The Epoch Times he chose not to be vaccinated because of mounting reports of adverse reactions and because of “religious reasons.” Further, Dane stated that he “believes the hospital contradicts itself by requiring a living donor to be vaccinated, but not a deceased one.
“I asked them, [if there was a] car accident victim, would you vaccinate him on the way to the hospital to rip his kidney out and they said ‘no’,”
Dane also noted that he “offered to sign a waiver freeing the hospital from liability should either himself or his son develop COVID-19.” The cruel irony is that presently, hospitals across the nation refuse to take responsibility for life-altering adverse reactions arising from taking the vaccine.
According to the Epoch Times, the hospital accused the father of “blowing the chance of a lifetime for his son.”
“A live donor is the best donor for kidneys,” said Dane, “but they’ll take a kidney from a deceased person not vaccinated; it makes no sense.”
The Cleveland hospital agreed that live donors are the best source for kidney transplant recipients but emphasized they were “not without risks, and that kidney transplant patients must take a medication that compromises the immune system.”
However, the hospital did not note that multiple studies suggest that COVID vaccinations also compromise one’s immune system.
“We continually strive to minimize risk to our living donors, and vaccination is an important component to ensure the safest approach and optimal outcomes for donors,” the hospital statement read.
Dane and his wife Jenn are reportedly in the process of finding another hospital to perform the transplant. They preferred to stay with the children’s hospital because it had treated their son since birth, but note they must make a move to save their son’s life.
Tanner was born with compromised kidneys due to a rare congenital disability that causes irreversible kidney damage in utero and results in stage 4 chronic kidney disease.
Unfortunately, Tanner’s story is not unique. About a dozen similar stories have been in the news this last year.
In January, attorneys for the conservative organization Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) wrote a letter requesting hospital administrators reconsider their decision to deny the transplant operation.
ICAN’s lawyers Aaron Siri and Elizabeth Brehm wrote: “Presently, it appears the hospital is operating under a psychosis of flawed morality in choosing to sacrifice the health and wellness of its 9-year-old patient in exchange for what it perceives to be the ‘greater good.'”
ICAN charges that the hospital’s decision is irrational because the entire family, including Tanner, all previously tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered from it, meaning they have natural immunity.
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