Unvaccinated man from North Carolina refused kidney transplant

A North Carolina man in need of a life-saving kidney transplant has been forced to reject more than 100 potential donors because of a hospital policy that requires him to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to undergo surgery, according to a report.

Burke County resident Chad Carswell said he is on dialysis three times a week and had gone to the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem in hopes of getting a kidney transplant, the WSOC news station reported.

“Without [a kidney transplant]”There’s no telling how much longer I want to be here, I have to have a kidney to prolong my life,” Carswell told the news station.

Carswell, a double amputee who has undergone several major heart surgeries, said local businesses ran fundraisers for his surgery and more than 100 people had offered to donate a kidney.

Chad Carswell.
Chad Carswell has been forced to reject more than 100 potential donors due to his unvaccinated status.
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But he said the hospital told him he and anyone who wanted to donate a kidney would be required to be vaccinated before surgery.

Carswell, who is unvaccinated, will not shake despite prayers from his doctors and nurses.

“That was when I politely told him there was nothing to talk about,” Carswell told the magazine. “It was not for debate, I did not understand it. And he said to me ‘You know you will die if you do not get it’, and I told him I am willing to die.

Chad Carswell.
Chad Carswell has a double amputation, has undergone several major heart surgeries and is on dialysis three times a week.
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Carswell said he believes the vaccine should be a choice and that no one should be forced to get it.

“I was born free. I want to die free. I will not change my mind,” Carswell told the newspaper.

“I have had conversations with my family and everyone who is close to me and they know where I stand and there will not be a situation that arises where I want to change my mind on this topic.”

Carswell said he is looking at other hospitals to see if they will perform the surgery.

Chad Carswell.
Chad Carswell believes that the vaccine should be a choice and that no one should be forced to get it.
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Atrium Health said the policy is in place to protect transplant patients who are at high risk for serious disease from COVID-19 as they are immunocompromised.

“Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist policy follows the current standard of care in the United States, which is to vaccinate all patients on waiting lists or be evaluated for transplantation,” the hospital said.

“We understand that some patients may not want to be vaccinated,” the statement continued. “In this case, patients may choose to be evaluated at another transplant center.”

Carswell’s health battle comes after a 31-year-old father was removed from a heart transplant list at a Boston hospital because of his refusal to get the vaccine.

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