December 16, 2022

14-Year-Old Denied Transplant Over Vaccination

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By Jackson Kincaid

In Brief: 

A 14-year-old adopted from war-torn Ukraine is in need of a  life-saving kidney transplant. Duke University Hospital is refusing due to her vaccination status.

The Background: 

Yulia Hicks was adopted from Ukraine 2 years ago. Now at 14-years-old, she suffers from a rare degenerative kidney condition known as Senior Loken Syndrome, requiring a transplant.

Hicks' father told Fox News, "We've been upfront the entire time we've been seen at Duke, for the last two years, that we were not comfortable with the vaccine — with the COVID-19 vaccine. And so they knew all along that we were not comfortable with this."

During a recorded phone call, a Duke Health transplant specialist can be heard making the statement, “I can’t require you to do anything. I can recommend these things, but if you don’t follow our recommendations, then Yulia can’t be a transplant candidate here.”

Despite Hicks having natural immunity from COVID, Duke insists, “The virus has continued to mutate and so the natural immunity is not as good as if you had natural immunity plus vaccination.”

Recent studies have shown that natural immunity can be superior to the COVID vaccine. One study suggested that the COVID vaccine could be to blame for certain organ transplant recipients rejecting their new organs.

Notable Quotes: 

“We really try to shield our children a lot from it. We just don’t want them to have to carry our burden. We’re both veterans. We fought for freedom and we’re not even able to experience it right now.” – Chrissy Hicks, mother



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