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Texas Opens Door For Patients Denied Organ Transplants In Colorado Due To Vaccination Status

As hospitals in Colorado deny patients, who haven’t got themselves vaccinated against COVID-19, organ transplants, more and more people are looking towards Texas in hope of getting much-needed procedures.

Dawn McLaughlin, who is suffering from polycystic kidney disease, said she was removed from the transplant waiting list by Colorado’s UCHealth as she was not vaccinated, reports Fox News.

Another Colorado resident, Leilani Lutali, was told by her hospital that they won’t go ahead with her kidney transplant operation till she gets the vaccine shot. According to UCHealth, patients who receive an organ have a mortality rate of 20-30% if they contract covid-19.

“Post surgery, transplant recipients face extreme risk of getting covid-19,” UCHealth said in a statement, adding: “Transplant patients need life-long specialized management to make sure the organ isn’t rejected, which can also cause death.”

In light of this, Texas has opened its doors for patients who need transplants but have been turned away by hospitals in Colorado.

Colorado’s Leilani Lutali (left) who needs a kidney transplant and donor Jaimee Fougner speaking to Fox News.

In a statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office said, “Anyone who is being denied life-saving organ transplants is welcome in Texas. Here everyone’s rights and freedoms are protected.”

Niklas Organ Donor Awareness Foundation, which has its office in Grand Prairie city, has offered to find living accommodation for people awaiting organ transplants in the state.

‘Let People Decide’

Rodney DeBaun, vice-president of the foundation, said he isn’t against the vaccine as he has got it, but believes that it should be left to individuals to decide whether they want to get themselves jabbed or not.

“And it should never be the government’s duty to force people to get vaccinated,” he said.

He said he isn’t convinced by the data shared by UCHealth which shows that patients who get covid-19 after an organ transplant are more likely to die.

“They are going to die if they don’t get an organ transplant in time,” said De Baun.

“I got a heart transplant in 1993 and I am grateful for the 28 years I was given. I saw my children grow up in this time and now I have grandkids.”

“We should to try and help in any way we can,” he said.

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