Boston Hospital Patient Removed From Heart Transplant List for Being Unvaccinated

Headline Roundup January 26th, 2022

A 31-year-old man was removed from the heart transplant list at a Boston hospital because he won't get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The man was reportedly on the priority list to receive the transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, but is no longer eligible due to his opposition to getting the vaccine. The hospital says the vaccine mandate is meant "to create both the best chance for a successful operation and also the patient’s survival after transplantation." The man's father says getting the vaccine is "kind of against his basic principles."

Right-rated outlets covered the news more prominently. Some reports from left- and center-rated sources highlighted comments from doctors who recommended that the man receive the vaccine.

From the Left
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A Boston-area hospital said it will not perform a heart transplant on a patient who refuses to get a Covid-19 vaccination.

DJ Ferguson, 31, was previously prioritized for a heart transplant at Brigham and Women’s hospital, but is no longer eligible as he refuses to get vaccinated, said Ferguson’s family, according to a report by CBS Boston.

“It’s kind of against his basic principles – he doesn’t believe in it,” said David Ferguson, his father. “It’s a policy they are enforcing and so, because he won’t get the shot, they...

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From the Right
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healthcare, heart transplant, coronavirus, coronavirus vaccine

A 31-year-old father has been removed from the heart transplant list at a Boston hospital because he is refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, his family said.

DJ Ferguson’s family say he was first on the list to receive the transplant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital — but he is no longer eligible because of his vaccination status, CBS Boston reported.

DJ Ferguson was removed from the heart transplant list at a Boston hospital.

His father, David Ferguson, said his son — who is fighting for his life in the hospital and is in...

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From the Center
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ABoston man who is not eligible for a heart transplant because he refuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19 has sparked a debate over why health care systems across the U.S. have implemented such policies.

According to his family, DJ Ferguson, 31, is unable to receive a transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital due to a hospital policy that requires transplant patients to be vaccinated, CBS Boston reported.

"My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he's been pushed to the limit," DJ's father, David Ferguson,...

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