Edmonton Hospital threatens to discontinue life-saving transplant surgery unless the patient receives a Covid shot


The University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton’s Research and Education Hospital, threatens to remove it from the list of lung transplant donors if a terminally ill patient refuses to be vaccinated with COVID-19.

Annette Lewis, a 56-year-old woman with terminal symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in both lungs, has been waiting for a transplant for over a year. Without a transplant, Lewis would not survive because his lung capacity dropped to only 40% two months ago.

In a letter dated August 9, the University of Alberta Hospital informed Lewis that he would not be able to get a lung transplant without taking a COVID-19 shot. In a subsequent telephone conversation with a member of the hospital’s lung transplant program team on September 2, Lewis was told she was the “second place” in the donor recipe entry list and transplanted.

With a recording of a telephone conversation given to Judiciary Center for Constitutional FreedomA non-partisan law firm on behalf of Lewis, she was told by a lung transplant program doctor that “all pre-transplant patients should be vaccinated with the COVID vaccine.” List of donors if she refuses vaccination.

“If you don’t get the vaccine, you can’t get a transplant. Everyone knows what the end result will be for me,” Lewis said, worried that the vaccine might have a negative effect on the lungs. I explained that there is.

Lewis told doctors that he was concerned about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, which was not fully approved by Health Canada but was approved under the “provisional order.” Clinical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are underway.

According to the Justice Center, Lewis wanted to be re-vaccinated against a disease that had already been vaccinated as a child at the request of the lung transplant program team, but still experimental COVID-19. I am reluctant to get vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccination results in the United States alone More than 7,200 dead Between December 2020 and June 2021, according to the US Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Health Canada has updated the label of certain COVID-19 vaccines several times to warn of possible side effects such as blood clots, myocarditis, pericarditis, and Bell’s palsy.

September 2nd, the Legal Support Center Legal request Pulmonologist on the lung transplant team UniversitySchool of MedicineLewis is exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and demands that she remain on the double lung transplant donor list.

“Your team’s actions to give Mr. Lewis an ultimatum of this nature are intimidating and unethical. It is known to cause serious side effects such as permanent disability and death. If the patient does not comply with your request to participate in experimental treatment, it is uneasy to threaten access to medical care that saves the patient’s life. The judicial center staff lawyer mentioned in the letter.

“If Mr. Lewis is removed from the transplant list, she will die. This is a serious breach of her freedom of choice. Whether she will be vaccinated with an unwanted experimental vaccine or choose a particular death. It is not the choice that you have to choose. “

The Epoch Times asked the University of Alberta for comment, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

Andrew Chen

Andrew is a Toronto-based reporter.