A mother of two from Victoria, Australia was denied a life-saving heart transplant because she refused to receive a COVID-19 shot despite having a medical exemption.
On Sunday, Vicky Derderian and her husband John appeared on Karl Stefanovic’s Today show on Channel Nine to reveal how the government and doctors denied her access to life-saving treatment.
After suffering a heart attack in 2020, Vicki Derderian had to rely on a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) to keep blood circulating throughout her body.
“Back in 2020, I had very severe heart failure, at which time my organs started to shut down. So I wasn’t ready for a transplant then. So my only option at that time was to use a ventricular assist device, which is a mechanical pump that pumps blood throughout the body because my heart couldn’t,” he said. Derderian told Channel 9’s Today show.
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“For me to do that, I had to undergo a very difficult procedure because these machines were surgically inserted. I was in intensive care for a month and a half. I was on life support because I couldn’t breathe. After being released from intensive care, I spent another three months in the hospital and also did rehabilitation,” he continued. .
Because of her heart condition, Ms. Derderian said people should “think twice” about getting vaccinated. She fears the experimental COVID-19 shot will worsen her condition.
“I need to make this clear. I’m not anti-vaxxer. I’ve taken all the necessary vaccinations to work toward a heart transplant. But when it comes to COVID-19, reading all the information and knowing about my condition, I want to minimize the risk as much as possible. Because, you know, , a heart transplant is not a park-in-the-park operation. It’s very complicated and it has a lot of risks. And to put those risks on top of the unknown risk from vaccination that has partial approval, I had to think twice and it was a very tough decision,” he said.
Derderian said she was told “no jab, no heart” when Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services denied her access to life-saving heart surgery.
He said doctors refused to treat him because of vaccination requirements imposed by the Victorian government.
“At the moment the hospital’s stance is no jab, no heart. I am willing to be on the heart transplant list because medically I am stable to be on it. But unfortunately, because of these orders, it has disrupted patient-doctor relationships.
“Patients like me, we are pushed into a corner and forced to take something against what we believe. Or not get life-saving treatment. And even for doctors, they are forced to enforce this on their patients or else they lose their jobs,” he continued.
Dr. Nick Coatsworth, former Deputy Chief Health Officer, Ms. While Derderian understood his situation, he said he “stood by the rules”.
“From a transplant physician’s point of view … if you get Covid-19 without a vaccine, you’re at great risk when we attack your immune system, then you’re at risk of dying and that organ dying. You,” Dr. Coatsworth said.
“And we don’t want that to happen to you and we certainly don’t want it to happen to that holy donated family. So this is a complex area. I don’t envy your decision, but I stand by the rules of the transplant doctors made here,” he continued.
Host Carl Stefanovic interrupted and asked the doctor, “So Nick, doctors are now deciding not to treat someone because of the chance of getting COVID-19 in the hospital, are we now going to stop treating people?”
“On the contrary, Carl,” said Dr. Coatsworth responded. “This is an active treatment decision by the medical community. This has not changed during COVID-19.
“I know there’s a lot of gray in COVID-19 Carl, there’s a lot of gray. You and I discussed them last week on this show. It is black and white. Unfortunately, we have to try to convince people like Vicky and John, and we have to do our best to convince them. If we ultimately fail, it means the organ is not transplanted.
Saying that the chances of serious side effects from the Covid-19 shot are very low, Dr. Coatsworth advised Mrs. Derderian.
“I know there is a risk with the COVID-19 vaccine. VAD ICU after transplant is very low risk compared to everything you have experienced so far with going to ICU. All those risks are actually greater than the risk of COVID-19. I know you’ve heard this before… but from the bottom of my heart, I hope you’ll be able to work with them [doctors] And maybe receive that vaccine. If I [were] If I were you, I’d accept it [vaccine] Because I think it’s a safe job. And I know you don’t agree with me and I respect that decision, but please reconsider,” said Dr. Coatesworth said.
Ms. Derderian denied this and told the doctor, “In terms of risk, I’m at a higher risk than others for complications from VADs. And in terms of treatments, there are therapeutic treatments available to treat COVID. Should I have COVID?”
You can watch the full interview below:
The fully vaccinated Karl Stefanovic is the same host who said he has completed the COVID-19 vaccine. You can read it below:
“Fit and healthy people are coming down with heart problems” – fed-up Aussie journalist says on live TV ‘finished with COVID vaccines’ (VIDEO) https://t.co/UNNJ27cqXu
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