In North Carolina (USA), a man refused a kidney transplant because of the vaccination policy of the hospital where he was to undergo the operation. He insisted he’d rather ‘die free’ than comply, the site reports Independent. Doctors say Chad Carswell, a double amputee who has already undergone heart surgery, must undergo surgery if he wishes to survive.
“I was born free. I will die free. I won’t change my mind,” he told WSOC-TV. “I’ve had conversations with my family and everyone close to me. They know where I stand, and there’s no way I’m going to change my mind on this,” adds Chad Carswell. His kidney is currently only functioning at 4%. Currently, he needs dialysis in North Carolina three times a week.
Her friends and family raised funds to pay for the operation and more than 100 people offered her a kidney. But Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem told him he needed to be fully vaccinated for the operation to take place. “The last thing we need to talk about is my vaccination status,” Chad Carswell said of a conversation with a hospital official.
“Ready to Die”
Nothing is done for this patient refractory to the vaccine against Covid-19. “I politely told him that there was really nothing to talk about, that it was not up for debate and that I was not going to get vaccinated.” The doctor then retorted that he risked dying if he did not get the vaccine. Chad Carswell then said he was “ready to die”.
According to him, he has already been infected twice. If he considers that the vaccine is a personal choice, he is well aware that his condition could deteriorate within a few months. “Without a transplant, you can’t know how long I’ll be here. I need a kidney to prolong my life,” he added.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital told the news channel that its policy follows health standards implemented across the country. “The reason why vaccination is recommended is to ensure patient protection. Transplant patients are at high risk of severe disease if they do not have pre-existing immunity before the transplant,” the hospital said in a statement. a statement. The latest news is that Chad Carswell is trying to find out if other hospitals in the state will agree to perform the operation.
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