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A seriously ill father-of-two has been removed from the transplant list for a new heart because he refuses to have the Covid vaccine.

DJ Ferguson is in dire need of a new heart and was scheduled to have the life-saving operation as he suffers from a hereditary condition which causes his lungs and heart to fill with blood and fluids.

"Like many other transplant programs in the United States – the COVID-19 vaccine is one of several vaccines and lifestyle behaviours 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."

Dawson said Ferguson was already 'high risk' for the vaccine due to his swollen heart.

The flu could kill you, a cold could kill you, Covid could kill you," said Dr Arthur Caplan, the head of medical ethics at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, told CBS Boston.

It ’ s his choice."

'On top of the heart failure his heart is extremely swollen and dilated.

Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital (pictured) removed Ferguson from its donor list because has not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine and said in a statement that their aim is to 'create both the best chance for successful operation and also the patient's survi

however, ferguson's father, david, said earlier that getting vaccinated is 'kind of against his basic principles' and that his son 'doesn't believe in it".

"I think 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.

'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 CBS Boston.

He added : "My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns and he's been pushed to the limit.

Ferguson (right) is pictured with his wife, Heather Dawson, and their two children. His wife is now saying that the vaccine could cause more heart swelling and could cause his death and that the hospital has put them in a 'corner' to 'pressure' them to 'c

Ferguson's family is considering transferring him to another hospital, but his wife said that he may be too weak to move.

"The organs are scarce, we are not going to distribute them to someone who has a poor chance of living when others who are vaccinated have a better chance post-surgery of surviving."

The hospital said it was following policy.

Brigham and Women's Hospital told the BBC in a statement : "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."

In October, Leilani Lutali of Colorado, 56 (pictured), was taken off the transplant list at a University of Colorado Health hospital because she and her prospective kidney donor hadn't gotten the COVID-19 vaccine

The hospital added that most of the 100,000 people on waitlists for organ transplants will not receive an organ within five years because of the shortage of available organs.

mr ferguson has been in hospital since november 2021, and he suffers from a hereditary heart issue that causes his lungs to fill with blood and fluid, according to a gofundme.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) emphasises side effects from the vaccine are rare and temporary- encouraging transplant recipients and those in their immediate circles to get fully vaccinated and boosted.

"It's his body.

Ferguson's family is considering moving him to another hospital, but he may not be able to be moved in his condition

Earlier this month, a Minnesota woman sued her local hospital after doctors tried to take her unvaccinated husband off the ventilator he had been on for two months.

Around 63 % of Americans have had two jabs, while about 40 % have received the booster despite a huge push.

"we are aggressively pursuing all options, but we are running out of time," said david ferguson, his father.

"post any transplant, kidney, heart whatever your immune system is shut off.

'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,' Ferguson's father David told CBS Boston

Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital, part of Harvard Medical School, said the jab is required for transplant candidates.

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