An Ohio man in need of a kidney transplant had his operation canceled days before the life-saving surgery because his donor was not vaccinated against COVID-19, his family said.
News station WKYC reported that 52-year-old Mike Ganin was five days away from his scheduled surgery when he received news from the Cleveland Clinic about a new policy that would prevent him from accepting a donor kidney.
“It made us feel like we were back at square one,” his wife, Debbie, told the outlet. “I’m scared. Sometimes I have moments that I don’t think about, but it comes back, and I’m like, ‘What’s going to happen?'”
Under the new rules, live donors must be vaccinated in order to donate an organ.
While Guanyin has been vaccinated, her donor Sue George has no plans to get the shot.
“I don’t want to get vaccinated. I have reasons – medical, religious and freedom too,” she told the outlet.
George said he had told doctors from the beginning that he had not received the vaccine.
“We were blind,” George, a longtime acquaintance of the family, told the outlet.
The Cleveland Clinic defended its new policy in a statement to the news station.
“Living donation for organ transplantation has been a life-saving treatment, but it is not without risk to the donor. For a living donor, it is important to prevent COVID-19 infection at the time of their surgery and recovery,” the statement said. has gone.
“We continually strive to minimize the risk to our living donors, and vaccination is a critical component to ensuring the safest outlook and optimal outcome for donors.”