I was outraged to read a tweet yesterday, providing a copy of a letter from a Colorado transplant unit to a patient. Here’s the letter (clickit to biggit).
In so many words, at this facility at least, unless you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, you won’t be eligible for an organ transplant – even if you’ve previously been through all the tests and procedures, and been approved for one as soon as a donor organ is available. What’s more, because you’ve chosen not to be vaccinated against a disease with a better-than-99% survival rate on average, you’re being condemned to a slow, painful death that’s guaranteed 100%.
This is morally and ethically unconscionable.
One person said to me, in so many words (I’ve edited out the abundant profanity), on reading that letter:
“I think anyone being rejected for a transplant because they won’t accept a COVID-19 vaccination should take careful note of every single person involved in that decision, and the senior medical staff and administrators of the facility that rejected them – their names, addresses, photographs, the lot. If and when they die of organ failure, they should ensure that their friends send every one of those people to join them in the afterlife as soon as possible. It’s only fair, after all: ‘You condemned me to death, so I’m going to make sure you enjoy the same fate!’.”
That’s hardly a Christian perspective, but it’s very difficult to disagree with his sentiments.