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What do you think? Is this a logical rationale? Unfair ?

Sdey0522Transplant Patient
January 26, 2022 in Heart



**It's sad, but the reality is 👇

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"Given the shortage of available organs, we do everything we can to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival.

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**And the 31 year old individual believes 👇

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"My boy is fighting pretty damn courageously and he has integrity and principles he really believes in and that makes me respect him all the more," said David Ferguson.

"It's his body. It's his choice."

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  • StephenCFTransplant Patient

    My body, my choice.

    But give me those donor organs that my body might literally reject and please pump me full of various other medicines and treatments so I can live.

    Sorry, dude.

    Transplant patients already have myriad requirements to live by in the pre-transplant phase and agonizing choices to make afterwards every_single_day. I can't eat my favorite food, for example. Yeah, it's my body and my choice - but I choose to live so I don't eat sushi.

    It's reality - but I don't think it's sad.

    January 26, 2022
  • JimGleason_TRIOTransplant Patient

    Really. fighting for a child's life and you would stand on this position to not follow the hospital's rules? Something's not right here and I don't think it's the hospital that's at fault here. With a shortage of organs, I would definitely opt to trust my docs and get that shot.

    January 26, 2022
  • AliEm14Expert
    Transplant Patient

    is there a medical reason he can’t get the shot? I would be curious more at his reasoning. I feel like it’s not just as black and white as people make it out to be. But with the organ shortage, it is the hospitals right to say you can’t receive an organ unless you’re vaccinated.

    January 26, 2022
  • I can't quite get behind his logic in understanding why he would like one thing that would save his life and not another, but it is a fine line to walk. There could be reasons that he can't get the shot and that should definitely be taken into account by doctors when dealing with the situation but the fact that there is a shortage of organs it would make sense to me to have the organ go to someone with a higher likelihood of survival than one that does not. But again this is a very fine line to walk

    January 27, 2022
  • Sdey0522Transplant Patient

    There's much more to this story, obviously. Essentially, he's not someone who can be 'compliant'. As most of us recipients know, that 'C' word is a big part of a successful transplant!

    Most of us had to undergo extensive evaluations, with regard to 'transplant readiness' (physical, mental and everything in between). One of the items on the readiness checklist is "status of vaccinations. So, irrespective of vaccines to defend against COVID-19, before qualifying to be added to the Transplant wait list, the medical staff needs to ensure that the patient is up-to-date with all required vaccinations.(tetanus, MMR, Flu, pneumonia etc ).

    In my opinion this individual should never have been able to on the waiting list, let alone receive a transplant.

    Thank you all for sharing your perspectives.

    January 27, 2022
  • KarinExpert
    Transplant Patient

    Agree with all - thanks to @Sdey0522 for bringing this topic up! As long as we live in symbiosis with others, we must do what is best for the common good and ultimately of course for ourselves. Otherwise we are not a successful society

    January 31, 2022
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