Boston patient removed from heart transplant list for being unvaccinated

A 31-year-old man 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 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.

His father, David Ferguson, said his son — who is currently fighting for his life in the hospital and is in desperate need of the transplant — doesn’t believe in the COVID-19 vaccine.

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DJ Ferguson was removed from the heart transplant list at a Boston hospital.
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“It’s kind of against his basic principles, he doesn’t believe in it. It’s a policy they are enforcing and so because he won’t get the shot, they took him off the list of a heart transplant,” David told the outlet.

“My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he’s been pushed to the limit.”

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is a Harvard teaching facility, said its policy requiring recipients to have the COVID-19 shot is in line with many other transplant programs across the US.

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DJ Ferguson’s family are now thinking about relocating him to another hospital.
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