He will appear on Saturday morning’s Fox & Friends Weekend to discuss the devastating medical dilemmas facing parents of unvaccinated teenage girls. Against COVID-19 Their daughter has revealed that she was unable to proceed with the kidney transplant she needed at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
Chrissy Hicks, mother of 14-year-old Julia Hicks, detailed her interactions with medical personnel about the issue.
“I said, ‘So basically, she’s telling us if she doesn’t get it. vaccinationand she hasn’t had a transplant since,” said Chrissie Hicks. [the medical employee] I said, “Yes, that’s the only thing that’s holding us back.”
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Chrissy and Lee Hicks of North Carolina adopted daughter Yulia from Ukraine Nearly two years ago.
The couple has eight biological children and three adopted children.
girl is suffering It is reportedly a rare degenerative kidney condition known as Senior Loken Syndrome that requires a transplant.
Although she has not been vaccinated against COVID, her parents believe she is protected because she has coronavirus. innate immunity.
Father Lee Hicks said Saturday morning, “All the time we’ve been seen at Duke for the past two years, we’ve been up front that we’re not happy with a vaccine, a COVID-19 vaccine. , knew from the beginning that we were not happy with this.”
Dad said, “And it wasn’t a requirement. It was a…recommendation. [the doctors] from the beggining to the end. “
The parents said they “knew from the beginning that we weren’t comfortable” about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lee Hicks said her daughter had “nine hours of [medical] Workup” held in October.
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“And then they [the doctors and hospital officials] Decided or told us this would be a highly recommended slush requirement for her to be vaccinated before having a transplant.
He added: [the official] Said it’s not a requirement [a] Recommended but she can’t get a transplant without a vaccine. ”
Health officials said, “It’s not a requirement, [a] Although recommended, you cannot have a transplant without a vaccine. “
Chrissie Hicks also said “Fox & Friends Weekend” “We hired a lawyer…to help fight Duke. [Hospital].”
“But I don’t want Julia’s life to get into a lawsuit,” she said. I hope.”
Parents launched a website for their daughter, they said — YuliaGrace.com.
“If there is a medical center there, [our daughter] As patients, we want them to reach out to us,” added Chrissie Hicks.
Mother said, “We have 11 childrenSo it’s not really financially accessible for us to go out of state on our own. [get] surgery. ”
“Hicks, who is from Ukraine, has already had COVID and has recovered.”
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s top children’s hospital in nine specialties, according to its website. We provide care to thousands of pediatric patients each year.
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Fox News Digital reached out to the hospital’s system on Saturday.
A Duke Health representative shared the following comments:
“We extend our hearts to all families dealing with a loved one’s serious illness and are committed to making organ transplants available to as many eligible patients as possible,” the official said. rice field.
“To protect patient privacy, we are unable to comment on individual cases.”
“Since 1965, we have provided more than 10,000 organ transplants,” they continued. “Organ transplant eligibility is a complex medical decision informed by many health factors to ensure the best possible outcome. We follow the latest medical evidence and regulatory guidelines that all transplant centers must follow.”
Duke Health further said, “To protect patient privacy, we are unable to comment on individual cases.”
Former New York Times investigative reporter Alex Berenson was denied a kidney transplant at Duke University Hospital because the 14-year-old girl had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, as reported by Outkick. I shared this with Substack.
Focus on out kicks The article read, “According to Berenson, Julia Hicks must be vaccinated before the hospital performs surgery. Originally from Ukraine, Hicks already had COVID and recovered.” Berenson spoke to the girl’s parents.
“Yes, we strongly recommend that all patients on the transplant list be fully vaccinated prior to transplant.”
Many hospital systems across the country recommend or require that patients on transplant lists be fully vaccinated prior to transplantation.
For example, the University of California, San Francisco healthcare system includes “patient education” information that shares its guidance.
“Yes, we strongly recommend that all patients on the transplant list be fully vaccinated prior to transplantation,” the site says.
He adds, “If immunity is suppressed at the time of transplantation, the response to vaccines will be weaker than before.”
That site states, “We strongly recommend that all eligible family members and family members living with a transplant recipient receive vaccination, including boosters. It is the best way to protect all close contacts, as they are likely not to respond optimally, and they are to be fully vaccinated.”
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In another example, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Marylandon its website, states that it “understands that transplant patients (both those who have already had a transplant and those awaiting a transplant) are asking certain questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine.” increase.
It shares the following FAQ: “Should transplant patients be vaccinated?”
The answer was, “Yes. We recommend that transplant recipients be vaccinated against COVID-19 when possible.”
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Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts “Like most other transplant programs across the country, the COVID-19 vaccine is one of several required vaccines and lifestyle behaviors for patients awaiting solid organ transplants.”
Additionally, “transplant candidates must demonstrate that they can commit to receiving seasonal influenza and hepatitis B vaccines, following other healthy behaviors, and taking necessary medications after transplantation.