Chad Carswell: Patient on dialysis would rather DIE than force kidney donor to get vaxxed

'I will die free. I’m not changing my mind,' said Carswell, refusing the transplant that would require the donor to be 'fully vaccinated'


                            Chad Carswell: Patient on dialysis would rather DIE than force kidney donor to get vaxxed
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A North Carolina man refused to go through a kidney transplant after he was informed that getting vaccinated against Covid would be compulsory before the process is carried out. The man, Chad Carswell, stated that he was willing to 'die free' rather than comply with the government's vaccine requirements. Carswell is a double amputee who has gone through heart surgeries previously. Carswell's kidney is currently functioning at only 4% and requires him to get dialysis thrice a day. Doctors suggested and approved a kidney transplant to help him get back to health but Chad declared that he has different views. 

"I was born free. I will die free. I’m not changing my mind," Chad Carswell told WSOC. "I’ve had conversations with my family and everybody that’s close to me. They know where I stand, and it’ll not be a situation that occurs that I will choose to change my mind on this topic." Carswell's friends and acquaintances from the Burke County area have raised funds for his surgery. He was offered a kidney by more than 100 people who were willing to help. But Chad turned all of it down after he was informed by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem that whoever donates a kidney must be fully vaccinated to proceed with the transplant. 

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"The reason it is recommended is to provide protection for the patient. Transplant patients are at high risk for severe illness if they don’t have preexisting immunity prior to being transplanted," the hospital said in a statement, according to WCSO. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital said its policy follows health standards implemented across the U.S., wch were put into practice to protect its patients.

Meanwhile, Carswell did not agree with the fact that vaccines have been made compulsory for essential surgical procedures like this. He believes that vaccines should be a personal choice and not forced onto the people by the government's policies. Chad is currently looking at other hospitals which may allow him to go through the kidney transplant without the compulsion of requiring a vaccine.

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