So an Ohio man is being denied a life-saving kidney transplant because the donor is not vaccinated. The hospital is so worried about his health they are denying the transplant over the fricken COVID jab.
The Cleveland Clinic was set to perform the transplant but they now say that under their new rules, living donors must be vaccinated in order to donate an organ.
So they rather have the man go without a kidney and die than perform the transplant because it comes from a woman who has not gotten the jab.
And it’s not like they can go pull some random person off the street and have a compatible kidney match.
WKYC-TV reports that it’s a 1-in-100,000 odds of a non-relatives being a match.
"Mike Ganim was five days away from life-saving kidney transplant surgery when his wife, Debi, got the devastating news.
The surgery would not happen.
Debi Ganim said they were informed on October 8 that Cleveland Clinic implemented a new safety policy that required both living donors and organ recipients to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Mike is fully vaccinated, but the donor is not...
Nearly two years ago, Mike learned that his polycystic kidney disease was so advanced, doctors declared that he needed a new kidney.
“’It’s transplant time. No dialysis. We need a transplant, and we need it as soon as possible,’” Debi recalled the doctors telling her.
Hope for a donor began to wane, when doctors suggested that she make her story public. So Debi posted a request on her Facebook page, asking for anyone who might be willing, to be tested as a potential donor. The post got more than 100 shares, and she was humbled by the dozens of messages of support. Friends, relatives, even strangers offered to take the blood test to find out if they were an organ donation match with Mike.
Weeks later, Debi received a message on Facebook. “Oh my gosh. I cannot believe we are finally reading the words, ‘I am your match,’” Debi recalled...
After months of pre-operation procedures and preparation, the crucial surgery was scheduled on October 13. But last Friday, the Ganims were informed that the surgery would not proceed.
"We were blindsided," said George, who said that doctors knew all along that she was not vaccinated, and no one said that it would be a problem. George said that getting the vaccine now is not an option. "I don't want to get the vaccine," she explained. "I've got reasons -- medical, religious, and also freedom.""
"The health and safety of our patients is our top priority. Cleveland Clinic has recently developed safety protocols for solid organ transplantation that require COVID-19 vaccination to be an active transplant candidate or living donor. Vaccination is particularly important in these patients for their safety.
Living donation for organ transplantation has been a life-saving treatment, but it is not without risks to the donor. For the living donor, preventing COVID-19 infection around the time of their surgery and recovery is crucial. 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.
For organ transplantation using a living donor, which involves the living donor undergoing a scheduled surgery, we are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for both donor and recipient before we can proceed with the surgery, for the safety of both.
The FDA-authorized vaccines have been determined to be safe and effective and are the best way to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19."
So basically they are denying the transplant in the name of health.