Man Chooses Freedom Over Life-Saving Surgery, Refuses to get Vaccinated


A 31-year-old man living in Massachusetts was removed from an organ transplant list after telling doctors he wouldn’t get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

DJ Ferguson was diagnosed with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) four years ago. He was admitted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston late last year after suffering heart failure.

DJ finally made it to the top of the list for a heart transplant this month but was rejected after refusing to get vaccinated. 

“My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he’s been pushed to the limit,” argues David Ferguson, DJ’s father. “It’s kind of against his basic principles; he doesn’t believe in it.”

In other words, hospitals are now treating the decision not to get vaccinated as a ‘poor lifestyle choice’ that may affect the success of organ transplantation surgery. Other habits that can get you kicked off the list include alcoholism, smoking cigarettes, and obesity.

“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,” continues David, adding that his son is not an “anti-vaxxer.” DJ has all the traditional vaccines, but worries the COVID-19 shot could affect his heart condition. 

Doctors insist the risks associated with developing COVID post-surgery far outweigh any threats posed by the shot itself.  

“The COVID-19 vaccine is one of several vaccines and lifestyle behaviors required for transplant candidates in the Mass General Brigham system in order to create both the best chance for a successful operation and also the patient’s survival after transplantation,” said the hospital in a statement.

This is because your immune system effectively shuts down after organ transplantation surgery and something as mild as the common cold can kill you, explains Dr. Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at NYU.

“You’re trying to get the most life saved with a very, very scarce resource…This is not about discrimination.”

Roughly 1 in 10 people waiting for a heart transplant actually receive one, so the rules tend to be strict. Having been refused a real heart, DJ underwent surgery last Tuesday to receive a mechanical heart pump that is expected to keep him alive for up to five years. 


Doctors Refuse Heart Transplant for Man who Refuses to be Vaccinated

Boston hospital denies heart transplant to man who hasn’t gotten COVID-19 vaccine

  1. GolanTrevize8 says

    Brave man. Wish him well. Hopefully before the 5 years is up he will find a way to get the new heart he needs.

  2. old man says

    If a covid vaccine is so very important why are all the illegals crossing our borders and then dispersed all over this great country, not required to be vaccinated?

  3. Carl says

    Then he’ll die stupid . Because of all the misinformation he has ingested . Thank you Social Media and the Trump Party , you have killed another person.

  4. Cheryl Mavrikos says

    This is absolute discrimination at the highest levels of government. And it is global.
    I pray that this man receives the heart he needs, because the doctors at Brigham and Women’s haven’e any of their own.

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