Texas children’s hospital allegedly denies teen transplant because he’s not vaxed

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Doss Haugen, who is a high school senior in north Texas, was reportedly denied a kidney transplant by Cook Children’s Hospital because he is not vaccinated against COVID and was told that “there are people on the transplant committee that do not believe transplant is a patient right.”

The teen had originally received a kidney transplant from his mother when he was one year old. He is now in kidney failure for a second time, according to Texas Scorecard.

In May, the subject of vaccinating Haugen was brought up to his parents by a transplant coordinator and a surgeon at the hospital. They were told they had to make their case to a transplant committee so their son could get a kidney. At the time, the mother, Kristen Haugen, asserts that the medical team didn’t mention any side-effects or downsides to the vaccine even though her son was gravely ill.

“[They] will not and do not discuss the risks involved with the vaccine. They do not even say there are risks, too. They don’t tell you that side of it. They don’t tell you that it’s experimental, which, it is experimental. Because even if it’s been approved by the FDA, there’s no long-term anything. And they do not mention that there’s [a] risk of myocarditis,” the mother stated.

Following the mother’s refusal to get her son vaccinated, she was unbelievably informed by doctors that it would affect whether or not the committee approved the transplant for the teen even though he met all of the health, social, and familial qualifications for receiving a transplant. The boy had already been struggling with kidney failure for two years.

The transplant coordinator whom the family had known for years told the mother, “Well, just so you know, there are people on the transplant committee that do not believe transplant is a patient right. And he can just be on dialysis.”

“Just wanted to let you [Kristen] know that the committee did decide that we’re not going to actively list any patients on the transplant list that have not been vaccinated for COVID-19. I just wanted to give you that heads up,” a transplant coordinator told her over the phone just a few weeks later.

In December, Haugen’s nephrologist refused to see him for scheduled lab work because the teen had allegedly come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID within the previous 12 days.

“So, we go to get his labs done. And the phlebotomist, that’s been his phlebotomist for 18 years and we love her to death, said, ‘Oh, there’s a little issue with the order. So, let me call the doctor real quick. And I’ll get it sorted out, then I’ll be right back.’ She comes back in and that same nurse, that transplant coordinator, she called her [phlebotomist] and told her not to draw my son’s labs,” the mother told Texas Scorecard.

She would go on to demand that the lab work be done and the staff finally agreed. They took Haugen to a ventilated room to do the procedure.

“And I told him, this is how it’s going to go: You’re going to draw my son’s labs. If you choose not to do it, that’s fine. But you’re going to have to get police in here. And police are going to have to drag me out kicking and screaming, because I won’t go willingly. And that’s fine, if that’s what you want to do. And it’ll be all over social media. … But my son’s getting his labs drawn. If I can do it, if I can help it, if I can help my son, he’s going to get his labs drawn today. And they drew the labs. They did the labs after they walk[ed] us past 45 people to go to a room that was ventilated,” she recalled.

“We have always loved Cook’s. We have been with them for this long. We’ve gone down long roads with them. We’ve lived there. I had my transplant there. I donated there to my son. You know, we love nurses there. We love our phlebotomist there. We love our doctor; our doctor is actually advocating for my son. She actually wants him to have a transplant. Her hands are tied because she’s not on that committee,” the mother added.

“We gave them the opportunity to do the right thing,” she noted. “We’re being backed into a corner because my son’s health is deteriorating.”

“We’re not anti-vax or anything like that,” said the distraught mother. “We’re about safe products. Our son takes all kinds of medications. Obviously, we’re not like anti-medicine or anything like that. But we decide with our doctor, with our doctors’ help, whether medications’ benefit outweighs the risk. And ultimately, we are the ones, with our son, that have to live with the decision that’s made for him. We have a responsibility to him; our conscience will not allow us to get this vaccine. And that shouldn’t mean that he doesn’t get to get a transplant.”

“People don’t know what’s going on,” Kristen Haugen asserted. “If I don’t say what’s happening, nobody’s gonna know what’s happening. So, I’ve got to say it, even though it’s so uncomfortable for me. The only thing that’s driving me is the love for my son.”

In a number of cases, others have been denied transplants as well for not being vaccinated against COVID.

(Video Credit: WSOCTV9)


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