Friday, May 20, 2022

Unvaccinated Woman Pulled from Kidney Transplant Waiting List, as Hospital Says Covid-19 Jab Is Required

A Colorado Springs woman was removed from an active kidney transplant waiting list due to the fact she is unvaccinated, with the UCHealth hospital system saying it will deny the potentially life-saving procedure to the unvaxxed.

The transplant candidate, Leilani Lutali, said she received a letter from the University of Colorado Hospital informing her that she was “inactivated” on the waiting list for “non-compliance by not receiving the Covid vaccine,” and that she had 30 days to get her first shot to return to active status, a local Fox affiliate reported on Wednesday.

“If your decision is to refuse Covid vaccination, you will be removed from the kidney transplant list,” the letter continued, as quoted from a copy obtained and shared on Twitter by Colorado state Rep. Tem Geitner.

UCHealth denies life saving treatment – kidney transplant – to El Paso County resident. See my FB live post @timgeitnercolorado

— Tim Geitner (@tgeitner) October 5, 2021

Lutali – whose potential kidney donor is also reportedly unvaxxed – said her life will be “in jeopardy” if she is denied the procedure, and has voiced concerns about the vaccine for unspecified religious reasons. She has also argued that it may not have the intended effect due to immunosuppressant drugs that would be administered after the transplant surgery.

“Both from a religious standpoint and from doing some reading, I’m not certain that this is the right way to go,” she told local media. “The shot’s relatively new, and as a consumer, I’m not an early adopter. I wait and see what’s going on.”

The UCHealth hospital system outlined its vaccination policy in a lengthy statement provided to media outlets on Wednesday, explaining that transplant surgeries are “unique” procedures that carry risks of “serious complications,” up to and including death, and that every precaution must be taken to avoid adverse outcomes.

Nonetheless, State Representative Geitner, a Republican representing El Paso County, tore into UCHealth for the decision, saying on Tuesday: “The understanding is basically… conform to this demand. Take this Covid vaccine or otherwise you will be denied a life-saving procedure.”

Geitner also stated during a Facebook livestream that he had contacted the hospital system multiple times, looking to carve out an exception for Lutali’s case in particular: “I’ve had 2-3 exchanges, actually – a few text messages, a couple of phone calls, a couple of emails – in and around this issue. There is very little that UCHealth is prepared to do… an exemption to policy or a change in policy or accommodating or anything else.”

Source: RT