The war between the unvaccinated and vaccinated population continues. One vaccinated man from Ohio, who is desperate for a new kidney, got a message from Cleveland Clinic that his surgery has been delayed due to the C-19 protocols. The policy requires both the donor and recipient to be fully vaccinated.
For Mike Ganim, 52, struggling with polycystic kidney disease since 27, the donor news couldn’t arrive fast enough. In March 2020, he was brought to the hospital because of a blood clot. Then, the doctors told him he needed a kidney immediately.
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He couldn’t get it immediately due to test protocols and shots while he was in constant pain. Finally, he found a perfect donor. The match was from Ganim’s wife friend, Debi.
The donor, Sue George, was pleased to donate his kidney and save his friend’s life. But there was one obstacle. The donor wasn’t vaccinated due to religious and medical reasons.
Because he wasn’t vaccinated, the Cleveland Clinic delayed the surgery, which was scheduled to be performed on Wednesday.
Debi was devastated: “I’m just so afraid. I’m so afraid all over again. I mean, we were crying and crying so many tears of joy and gratefulness over this happening, and now it’s the opposite. I’m just so afraid.”
George knew that it wasn’t the doctor’s decision, “The clinic is making what I feel is a big mistake. They’re putting this vaccination ahead of saving somebody’s life. I’m willing to give a body part, a kidney, to this man. And they are not going to do it because I’m not taking a shot. That makes no sense.”
The clinics didn’t respond to the requests from news outlets. But, they shared this statement:
”The health and safety of our patients are our top priority. Cleveland Clinic has recently developed safety protocols for solid organ transplantation that require COVID-19 vaccination to be an active transplant candidate or living donor. Vaccination is particularly important in these patients for their safety. Living donation for organ transplantation has been a life-saving treatment, but it is not without risks to the donor. For the living donor, preventing COVID-19 infection around the time of their surgery and recovery is crucial. We continually strive to minimize risk to our living donors, and vaccination is an important component to ensure the safest approach and optimal outcomes for donors.”