An Australian mother has been denied a heart transplant because she did not receive the experimental COVID-19 injection, despite having a medical exemption.
Melbourne resident Vicki Derderian depends on a ventricular assist device to keep her heart functioning after it failed in 2020, and did not receive the COVID shot because she was concerned it increased the risk of heart conditions such as pericarditis or myocarditis.
When it came time to seek a heart transplant, Derderian said the Victorian Department of Health told her “no jab, no heart.”
“The hospital stance at the moment is no jab, no heart. I‘m ready to be on the heart transplant list because medically I’m stable to be on it,” she told Channel 9’s Today show. “But unfortunately, because of these mandates, it has interfered with patient-doctor relationships.”
“Patients like myself, we‘re being pushed into a corner and coerced to take something that goes against what we believe in. Or not receive lifesaving treatment. And also for doctors as well, they are forced to implement this on their patients otherwise they’ll lose their jobs.”
Former Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr. Nick Coatsworth joined the show to argue that the COVID-19 vaccine will save Derderian’s life.
“From a transplant physician’s point of view… the biggest risk to you when we hit your immune system like that if you get Covid-19 without having the vaccine, then there‘s a really significant risk that you’ll die and that organ will die with you,” Dr. Coatsworth said.
“And we don‘t want that to happen to you and we certainly don’t want it to happen to the family whose made that sacred donation. So it is such a complex area. I don’t envy your decision, but I do standby the rules of the transplant physicians have made here.”
Reporting from InfoWars.