A Colorado hospital has implemented a policy that will effectively sentence unvaccinated transplant recipients to death.
In August, the Colorado hospital system, UC Health, told transplant patient Leilani Lutali that her COVID 19 vaccination status had no bearing on her eligibility for a kidney transplant. Lutali, who is leery of the controversial vaccine and what effect it will have on her, was relieved. She’d befriended a woman in her Bible study who volunteered to be a donor. Jaimee Foulner told Fox News that she has religious reasons for declining the vaccine.
But the women’s relief was short-lived. This September, both women received a letter stating they had 30 days to begin the vaccination protocol, or Leilani would be removed from the transplant list.
With yesterday’s Project Veritas reveal, spotlighting a Pfizer whistleblower who shared emails between top executives at Pfizer, those religious reasons gained more credibility. In the emails shared by Project Veritas, Vanessa Gelman, Pfizer Senior Director of Worldwide Research, wrote:
From the perspective of corporate affairs, we want to avoid having the information on fetal cells floating out there…The risk of communicating this right now outweighs any potential benefit we could see, particularly with general members of the public who may take this information and use it in ways we may not want out there. We have not received any questions from policy makers or media on this issue in the last few weeks, so we want to avoid raising this if possible.
She went on to note:
We have been trying as much as possible to not mention the fetal cell lines…One or more cell lines with an origin that can be traced back to human fetal tissue has been used in laboratory tests associated with the vaccine program.
So for people who are strongly, religiously opposed to abortion, the knowledge that this vaccine utilized aborted babies seems like grounds enough to warrant the personal choice to decline the vaccine.
The hospital, though, is unconcerned with personal feelings on the vaccine. It is squarely focused on studies that show the mortality rate for transplant patients who contract Covid-19 is anywhere from 20%- 30%. This, when compared to the 1.6% fatality rate in the rest of the population, merits the policy, according to the hospital.
The demand for life-saving organs far exceeds the supply, with an estimated 17 people dying each day, while waiting for a transplant. Then there is the risk of a patient rejecting an organ, coupled with the lifetime regimen of medicines and health care follow up to factor in. Other vaccines, like Hepatitis B and MMR, are already required for patients.
It seems clearer to adhere to strict standards with patients who receive organs from anonymous donors, after being first in line on that wait list. But what about in cases like Lailani’s who bring their own direct donor? The hospital is refusing to even perform the procedure. In fact, to date, Leilani states she has not found any hospital in Colorado who will perform the procedure, so long as she and her donor remain unvaccinated. Does that violate any code of ethics? Or is it safeguarding the integrity of the healthcare system?
The COVID19 controversy appears to be ever-evolving into new areas. With the virus itself being manipulated for political purposes, it seems reasonable to expect controversies to continue into the foreseeable future.