An American hospital has rejected a patient for a heart transplant because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, his family has said.
DJ Ferguson, 31, has spent almost 50 days in hospital, and is now in end-stage heart failure and needs a transplant to survive.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital policy states he is no longer eligible because he hasn’t received a coronavirus vaccination – something his family said he refuses to do.
“The transplant board will not actively list him due to his vaccination status,” Mr Ferguson’s family said on a GoFundMe charity fundraising page.
His family is concerned the vaccine could cause his heart to swell, and put him at “extremely high risk of sudden death”.
“We’re being pressured to choose a shot that could kill him. This is not just a political issue,” they added.
“People need to have a choice! People need to realize that there ARE others out there that are at high risk while receiving this shot, and it COULD kill them.”