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Cyprus Toddler Refused Organ Transplant Due to Unvaccinated Parents

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An Cyprus toddler is being denied an organ transplant because his parents have not been inoculated against the coronavirus. Credit: Wikipedia/CC2

A Cyprus toddler is being refused a life-saving organ transplant in Germany due to the fact that his parents are unvaccinated.

Due to be transported by air ambulance to Germany for the procedure, the three year old has now been taken off the transplantation list for a new heart because of the unvaccinated status of his parents.

Currently hospitalized in Nicosia’s Makarios Hospital with serious heart disease, he was denied treatment in Germany because his parents were not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Although they later agreed to become inoculated six weeks would need to go by before they could be considered completely vaccinated.

Cyprus toddler denied new heart due to unvaccinated parents

The boy was supposed to have been placed upon an air transport bound for a hospital in Germany that specializes in cardiology on Thursday morning.

But the family received late word that the child’s organ transplant will not take place today, with the German institution canceling the lifesaving procedure. Hospital officials insist that they cannot accept the patient if his parents are unvaccinated — even if he is accompanied on the trip by other people who are vaccinated.

According to reports in the Cyprus Mail, the German institution held firm to its policy that all children undergoing such procedures must be accompanied by their guardians in these cases.

Attempts were made to have the procedure done in other countries of the EU, and even Israel, but there again the child was refused because of the unvaccinated status of the parents.

Dr. Avraam Eliahead, the head of the Makarios hospital’s pediatrics clinic, says for now, the child’s condition is stable, adding that “We will not let the child’s life be endangered.”

He noted that another option would be to attempt the procedure locally, saying “It is possible the situation could be assessed by a cardiac surgeon so that the operation can be done in Cyprus.”

Similar positions to that taken by the German hospital are common throughout the US as well, with a host of hopeful transplant recipients being denied new organs for their own unvaccinated status or because the donors themselves were unvaccinated.

A Boston man, DJ Ferguson, was denied a new heart earlier this week because of his refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The circumstances of such a decision pose an unprecedented ethical issue for the physicians who care for the seriously ill; with the first premise of all medical care the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates’ warning “First, do no harm,” experts are asking how this life-saving medical procedure can be refused over a worry that future harm may be done.

Boston’s DJ Ferguson was removed from the heart transplant list at the city’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital despite the young man being first on the list before his unvaccinated status was revealed, according to a report from CBS Boston.

David Ferguson, DJ’s father, stated to the press that his son — who himself is a father of two and has another child on the way — simply doesn’t believe in the Covid-19 vaccine.

The issue of personal rights vs. the ability to undergo lifesaving treatment is an extraordinarily thorny one. As Dr. Arthur Kaplan, who teaches medical ethics at the New York University Grossman School, tells reporters from Boston television station WBZ,, “Post any transplant, your immune system is basically shut off. The flu could kill you. A cold could kill you. Covid could kill you.

“Organs are scarce, Kaplan continued, adding “We’re not going to distribute them to someone who has a very poor chance of living, when others who are vaccinated have a much better chance post surgery of surviving.”

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