Will the man in NJ in need of a transplant be refused the vaccination mandate?
We received a sincere email from an auditor whose husband is a candidate for a transplant here in New Jersey.
He was on a waiting list for a kidney transplant at Robert Wood Johnson and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. They just received a letter from Johns Hopkins last week advising them that in order to get a vital kidney transplant, both the donor and the recipient must be vaccinated against COVID.
Obviously, they were devastated. They immediately contacted RWJ and inquired about their protocols regarding transplant surgeries. The response they received was that “RWJ does not currently require both parties to be vaccinated against COVID-19.” They are very concerned that Robert Wood Johnson could follow the path of several other medical centers and refuse life-saving surgery on the vaccine.
A Colorado woman had a match and had her donor “angel” ready to go, but the hospital turned her down because the two had not been vaccinated. This is ridiculous and it could happen to many patients here in New Jersey waiting for this life-saving procedure.
What other treatments with hospitals deny without this vaccine? How about cancer treatments. These are very frightening and desperate times for many people in need of medical care.
Hopefully RWJ doesn’t make the same ruthless, foolish decision to refuse medical attention for a vaccine that many feel they don’t need or that could cause them harm. This couple could be any of us here in New Jersey and they just want a good chance at getting them back to good health.
Tammy Pearson wanted me to share her husband Scott’s story in case you want to know more and maybe you can help.
Scott Pearson is 54 and lives with his wife Tammy in Howell, NJ. Scott was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy in 2011, a chronic kidney disease.
A routine physical exam for his CDL license caught the attention of Scott’s doctor before his diagnosis. Scott’s protein levels in his urine were high and his doctor suggested he study it.
Scott’s primary care physician suggested a local nephrologist. After some initial tests, it was recommended that he have a biopsy. This biopsy revealed the IgA.
Over the next several years, Scott managed his CRF with medication and advice from his doctor. There was some trial and error at the start. Unfortunately, one of the drugs caused a problem with Scott’s right eye. This led him to a retina specialist.
After tests with the retina doctor, it was determined that Scott had developed central serous retinopathy (CSR). It was starting to cause problems with his sight in his right eye. Treatment for this condition is 2 needles in the eye, once a month. Scott has been successfully treated for CSR since 2014.
Meanwhile, Scott, along with his nephrologist, has managed to keep his kidney function (albeit fairly weak) stable.
Scott’s next surprise came in 2018 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His urologist was very confident that he had been caught early. So much so that he told Scott that any treatment could be postponed for a few months.
Scott being very conscious of his body and concerned about his health, did not want to delay. So, on July 5, 2018, he underwent surgery to remove his prostate. The operation went very well and the pathology returned without a PSA. Scott discussed his kidney disease with his urologist, and they thought a follow-up with radiation therapy might be a good idea.
From there, Scott met with an oncology radiologist and a treatment was determined. Scott knew that one day he might need a vital donation of a kidney. He didn’t want anything that would compromise this gift.
After two years of clear PSA, Scott was encouraged by his nephrologist to speak with a dialysis nurse. Scott’s numbers were starting to falter and his nephrologist wanted to show him the possibilities. Scott learned a lot from the nurse and her staff. He has incorporated a healthier diet into his lifestyle to help him maintain healthy kidneys.
The nurse encouraged him to continue on the kidney transplant list. Scott’s numbers were reaching a point that made them a possible reality.
Scott contacted Robert Wood Johnson’s kidney transplant team. After several meetings, several tests and more blood tests, it was finally approved for inclusion on the transplant list in July 2020!
With this great relief also came a new set of nerves; How does this work? Can we find a donor? Can we keep Scott off dialysis long enough to go straight to donation? This brings us to today.
How can you help
Tammy continues to search for Scott’s Angel.
If you would be willing to take the first step towards screening to see if you could be Scott’s partner, please complete this form and indicate Scott Pearson as the intended recipient.
Scott is blood type O and while his ideal match is the same, that is not the deciding factor. All guys are welcome and if you don’t know what you are this will be your first test.
All medical expenses are paid in full by Scott’s insurance.
You DO NOT have to live in New Jersey to be Scott’s life-saving donor.
Your tests can be done locally at your home. You also set the schedule – it’s all in your hands and your control.
Once you have done that, please send an email Jami Abes from Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health:
Or call her at 732-253-3338
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy. All opinions expressed are those of Dennis Malloy.
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