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.
"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.
"We're being pressured to choose a shot that could kill him. This is not just a political issue. People need to have a choice!" his family said.
"Denying a patient an organ transplantation on the basis of an investigational, ineffective, and categorically unsafe vaccine is itself unethical, immoral. And from a clinical and civil perspective, it's illegal," McCullough told NTD News, a sister media of The Epoch Times.
"These vaccines cause heart damage. It’s called myocarditis. Under no circumstances would a good doctor ever expose a patient with heart failure who's awaiting a transplant. Under no circumstances would a doctor expose that patient to one of these vaccines," he said.
"There are currently more than 100,000 candidates on waitlists for organ transplantation and a shortage of available organs—around half of people on waiting lists will not receive an organ within five years," the hospital said.
"We are not going to distribute them to someone who has a poor chance of living when others who are vaccinated have a better chance post-surgery of surviving," Caplan told the network.
"Post any transplant, kidney, heart, whatever—your immune system is shut off," he added. "The flu could kill you, a cold could kill you, COVID-19 could kill you."