Child Denied Life-Saving Treatment Because Parents Were Unvaccinated

( A 3-year-old boy from Cypress who was denied medical treatment from three different countries because his parents weren’t vaccinated for COVID will finally be receiving surgery in Greece.

The boy was initially hospitalized in Cypress with serious heart disease. But when Cypriot hospitals were unable to perform the necessary procedure, the health ministry arranged to have the boy transferred to a hospital in Germany last Thursday.

However, the day before his transfer, the hospital in Frankfurt notified Cypriot authorities that it wouldn’t proceed with the transfer because the boy’s parents, who planned to accompany their child, were not vaccinated.

When Cypress offered to send a vaccinated legal guardian instead, Germany still refused.

So Cypress reached out to specialized health centers in both the United Kingdom and Israel but both hospitals refused, citing the parents’ vaccination status.

Over the summer, the child had an operation in Germany, but at that time, only a negative PCR test was required for his parents to accompany him on the trip. At the time, Cypriot authorities warned the parents that the COVID rules could change and vaccinations might ultimately be required.

Both parents got their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last Thursday. But they would still have to wait six weeks before being allowed in by the foreign hospitals and their son’s condition required immediate surgery.

Fortunately, neighboring Greece agreed to take the child and his parents. And on Saturday, the boy was airlifted to Athens and admitted to the pediatric clinic of the Mitera Hospital to undergo the procedure.

Recently in the United States, a hospital in Boston rejected a 31-year-old patient for a heart transplant in part because he was not vaccinated for COVID.

According to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, they removed DJ Ferguson from their transplant list because, with a shortage of available organs, the hospital has to do everything it can “to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival.”