Texas children’s hospital denies teen kidney transplant over vaccination status: report

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A high school senior in North Texas who needed a kidney transplant was reportedly denied one by Cook Children’s Hospital because the student wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19.

The young patient’s name is Doss Haugen, and according to Texas Scorecard, he’s in kidney failure a second time. Haugen’s mother Kristen previously gave one of her kidneys to her son back when he was a one-year-old child.

It started last May. The notion of vaccinating Doss was brought up to his parents by a transplant coordinator and a surgeon at the hospital. The Haugen family needed to make their case to a transplant committee for approval.

Kristen Haugen told the outlet the medical teams didn’t bring up any potential downsides to the COVID-19 jab, even in light of the case of someone like her son.

When the mother rejected the possibility of getting her son vaccinated against COVID-19, the doctors said that it would have an impact on whether or not the committee group approved a kidney transplant for Doss, who by now has dealt with this round of kidney failure for an upwards of two years.

Kristen Haugen thought they weren’t serious, but that’s what ended up happening.

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