Appearing on ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ on Saturday morning to discuss the serious medical dilemma facing their family, the parents of a teenage girl who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 revealed that their daughter was unable to go moving forward with the kidney transplant she needs at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
Chrissy Hicks, the mother of 14-year-old Yulia Hicks, recounted her exchange about the issue with a medical official.
“I said, ‘So basically you’re telling us if she’s not getting the vaccine, she’s not getting a transplant,'” Chrissy Hicks said. “And [the medical employee] said, ‘Yeah, that’s the only thing holding us back.'”
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Chrissy and Lee Hicks from North Carolina adopted their daughter Yulia from Ukraine almost two years ago.
The couple have eight biological children and three adopted children, the program noted.
The girl suffers from a rare degenerative kidney disease known as Loken senior syndrome, which requires a transplant, according to reports.
Although she is not vaccinated against COVID, she had the coronavirus – so parents believe she is protected by natural immunities.
Dad Lee Hicks said Saturday morning: “We’ve been upfront all the time we’ve been seen at Duke, over the past two years, that we weren’t comfortable with the vaccine – with the COVID vaccine- 19. And so they knew all along that we weren’t comfortable with it.”
The father added: “And it wasn’t a requirement. It was…a recommendation, according to [the doctors] at the beginning – until the very end.”
“They knew from the start that we weren’t comfortable” with the COVID-19 vaccine, the parents said.
Lee Hicks said their daughter received “a nine-hour sentence [medical] balance sheet” in October.
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“And that’s when they [the doctors and hospital officials] decided or told us that it was going to be a highly recommended requirement for her to get vaccinated before having the transplant. »
He added: “So the phone call… That’s when [the official] says it’s not a requirement, it’s [a] recommendation, but she cannot get the transplant without the vaccine. »
Health officials “said it’s not a requirement, it’s [a] recommendation, but she cannot get the transplant without the vaccine. »
Chrissy Hicks also said on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” “We’ve retained an attorney…to help us fight Duke. [Hospital].”
She added, “But we don’t want Yulia’s life to be overtaken by litigation. We hope a medical center can step in and say, ‘Come here, we’ll give you the transplant without vaccination.'”
The parents created a website for their daughter, they said – YuliaGrace.com.
“If there is a medical center there that will take [our daughter] as a patient, we would like them to contact us,” added Chrissy Hicks.
The mother also said, “We have 11 kids. So it’s not really financially accessible for us to get out of state on our own to [get] surgery.”
“Hicks, who is from Ukraine, already had COVID and recovered.”
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, it notes on its website, is ranked among the top children’s hospitals nationally in nine specialties by US News & World Report; it provides care to thousands of pediatric patients each year.
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Fox News Digital contacted the hospital system on Saturday.
Duke Health officials shared the following comment.
“Our hearts go out to all families dealing with the serious illness of a loved one, and we are committed to making organ transplantation available to as many eligible patients as possible,” the officials said.
“To protect patient privacy, we cannot comment on individual cases.”
“We have provided over 10,000 organ transplants since 1965,” they continued. “Eligibility for organ transplantation is a complex medical decision informed by many health factors to ensure the best outcomes. These decisions are made in consultation with families and healthcare professionals and follow the latest medical evidence and regulatory guidelines that all transplant centers must follow.”
Duke Health added, “To protect patient privacy, we cannot comment on individual cases.”
Alex Berenson, a former New York Times investigative reporter, shared last Wednesday on his Substack that the 14-year-old was denied a kidney transplant at Duke University Hospital because she was not vaccinated. against COVID-19, as reported by Outkick.
Outkick noted in his post that “according to Berenson, Yulia Hicks should be vaccinated before the hospital performs her surgery. Hicks, who is from Ukraine, already had COVID and recovered.” Berenson spoke to the girl’s parents.
“Yes, it is strongly recommended that all patients on the transplant list be fully vaccinated prior to transplant.”
Many hospital systems across the country recommend or require that patients on transplant lists be fully immunized prior to transplant.
The University of California San Francisco Health System, for example, has “patient education” information that shares this advice.
“Yes, it is strongly recommended that all patients on the transplant list be fully immunized prior to transplant,” the site says.
He adds: “Once a person is immunocompromised at the time of the transplant, the response to a vaccine will be less robust than before.”
This site also says, “We strongly encourage that all eligible family and household members living with transplant recipients be immunized, including booster doses. Transplant recipients are likely to have a suboptimal response to the vaccine, so the best way for all close contacts to protect themselves is to be fully vaccinated.”
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In another example, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, states on its website that it “understands that transplant patients – both those already having transplants and those awaiting one – have specific questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine”.
He shares the following FAQ: “Should transplant patients get vaccinated?
His answer: “Yes. We encourage transplant recipients to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when possible.”
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The Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Massachusetts shares this note on its website: “Like most other transplant programs across the country, the COVID-19 vaccine is one of many vaccines and lifestyle behaviors that are required. for patients awaiting a solid organ transplant.”
He adds, “Transplant candidates must also receive seasonal flu and hepatitis B vaccines, follow other healthy behaviors, and demonstrate that they can commit to taking the medications required after the transplant.”
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