6-month-old baby who was rejected for heart transplant because he wasn't vaccinated FINALLY gets accepted

6-month-old baby who was rejected for heart transplant because he wasn't vaccinated FINALLY gets accepted
August Stoll with his family (GiveSendGo)

A six-month-old child from Tennessee will reportedly now get a new heart after being refused a place on the transplant list due to his vaccination status. August Stoll was initially denied the heart transplant after his parents refused to get him vaccinated. The baby was born in December last year and when he was just 12 days old, “he almost died in my arms at home of heart failure,” his mother Hannah Stoll wrote on the website Tennessee Stands, a libertarian and religious organization.

The tot was soon rushed to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where the parents got to know about his “complicated heart disease”. The mother continued in the June 24 post: “He spent the first 2 months of his life inpatient. From there, he had 5 more stays for complications. He went in for open-heart surgery on June 8th. It was at first believed to be successful but was considered a failed intervention a few days later.”



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August’s parents were then told that there was only one option that could save him and that’s a heart transplant. But it also came with its fair share of issues as Hannah said that “the transplant team (specifically Dr David Bearl) gave us an ultimatum that if we did not give August a series of vaccines, he would keep him off the transplant list. He specifically used the phrase, ‘I am mandating,’ about 8 times during our first conversation about this.”

The mother did not elaborate on what vaccines were mandated by the hospital but noted that “the second conversation, I reasoned and debated with him over the insanity of giving my baby vaccines with a huge risk of a negative outcome, on a severely immunosuppressed child on their death bed. He continued to refuse. I asked him if this was legal. He said no. I asked if this was policy. He said no. Our third conversation (this morning), he came and asked me if I had any more questions. I asked if he changed his mind. He said no.”

Hannah described why she thought vaccines were not important for her child on the GiveSendGo fundraiser. She stated: “The vaccines are not being required because it will help or improve his chance during the transplant. They are only being required for him to be worthy of a heart. They do not want to waste a heart on an unvaccinated child.”

On the Tennessee Stands, she also claimed that “it is despicable, unethical, heartless, and disgusting to withhold a heart from a 6-month-old baby over this. I believe loading his body on these [vaccines] will kill him. I believe it is within my rights as a parent to choose this for him. I believe that this doctor holding this over us is motivated by ego,” before adding: “We want to be clear that we have no issue with any other of the Vanderbilt cardiology team. They have been wonderful to us and our son. It is specifically the pediatric transplant team that is stopping August from getting a heart.”

However, on Monday, June 27, August’s family has reportedly updated on social media that “August has been quickly placed on the transplant list”. They went on to state that “in his state of cardiac decline, we made the decision as parents to prioritize his status on the list. In his extremely delicate state, we cannot risk moving him, although it was offered many times by Vanderbilt and by several private individuals. As parents, it is very difficult to balance health decisions when your child is in such a delicate state, hanging in the balance between life and death.”

“Decisions have to be made sometimes hour by hour. We empathize with anyone with a medically delicate child. It is unnatural to experience the confusion, fear and pain one does when their child sits on a precipice medically. It is not the way things were meant to be when God created the family unit. Vanderbilt Children's Hospital has respected our privacy and it is important we keep the lines of communication open and productive. *August will not receive the c*vid V*,” they added.

Meanwhile, bioethicist and theologian Charlie Camosy expressed his thoughts over the case on ‘Fox News @ Night’. He said: “Normally, doctors in the business are trying to protect children … but it looked like [the doctor in this case] might’ve been playing some kind of COVID politics with this.” Camosy also noted, “Think about the power imbalance here. Think about the desperation this family has felt. That’s a horrible thing.”


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