沙姆加康纳斯, 42, 是两个孩子的丈夫和父亲. 他和他的妻子, 护士, 去年全家人都感染了这种疾病后，决定不接种 COVID-19 疫苗. 然而, a doctor at University of Virginia (UVA) Hospital allegedly told him that despite his prior COVID-19 infection, his unvaccinated status will not allow him an “活性” spot on the list for a life-saving kidney transplant.
“Art said you’re not interested in the COVID vaccine,” UVA Hospital’s Dr. Karen Warburton said to Connors, according to a recording of the call obtained by Fox News Digital. “所以, it is a requirement for you to be active.”
根据 UVA Hospital website, 博士. Warburton is an associate professor with an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certification in nephrology, a specialization of internal medicine focused on the kidneys. Her clinical practice is centered on pancreas and kidney transplants.
“I just had COVID, so I don’t — so why would I get the vaccine?” Connors responded on the phone. 然而, the hospital did not budge, according to Connors.
“You may have had delta, and that may not protect you against the omicron variant, which is what we’re seeing now,” 博士. Warburton continued on the recording from Jan. 6. “所以, our policy is that in order to have people active on the transplant list and get a transplant, you need to be fully vaccinated.”
Connors told Fox News Digital he has been diagnosed with Stage 5 focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) – a rare and dangerous condition, though he currently is “at clearance,” or managing to maintain a sustainable use of his scarred and irreparably damaged kidney. 然而, due to lack of a cure, the disease is terminal.
“FSGS is a disease in which scar tissue develops on the glomeruli, the small parts of the kidneys that filter waste from the blood. FSGS can be caused by a variety of conditions,” 根据 the Mayo Clinic. “FSGS is a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure, which can only be treated with dialysis or kidney transplant. Treatment options for FSGS depend on the type you have.”
Without a transplant, Connors’s kidney will eventually fail in the long term. 然而, he won’t be eligible for a transplant until he is made active on the list.
“So you’re on the list, you’re just not in an active status right now as we tie up all these other loose ends. So in order to be activated on the list, you will need to get the vaccine,” the Dr. Warburton warned Connors in the recording of the call.
“Are you willing to do it?” she asked on the phone, followed by a pause. When Connors didn’t respond, 博士. Warburton continued, “好, so you don’t want to move forward?”
“I’d rather die of kidney failure,” Connors answered.
“好, so this may be a crossroads that your, 之一, at your evaluation, because I don’t – that’s not – there’s not going to be any exception to that. The science is pretty clear on the vaccine, and we have seen so many people die from COVID that we are requiring it.”
Connors told Dr. Warburton that he “can show [她的] a bunch of reports” documenting ‘”all sorts of problems,” associated with the coronavirus vaccine, but was told that his concerns were not enough to be exempt.
According to the recording, 博士. Warburton went on to give Connors two options – either stay inactive on the transplant list and pray that something changes, or close out the evaluation and live with his failing kidney.
“所以, what is your wish at this point? Do you want to stay inactive on the list, and see what shakes out?” 博士. Warburton asked. “Or do you want to just have us close your evaluation, or what’s your preference?”
Connors answered that he would remain inactive on the list.
“I was technically on the transplant list for three years,” Connors claims. “I was inactive on the transplant list until I started dialysis, then I became active – so that was two years ago.”