Man’s Kidney Transplant Denied Due To Hospital’s COVID Vax Policy

After more than a year of painful struggles, tests, and finally finding a viable donor, an Eastlake man is just days away from getting a new kidney and a fresh start at life.

But it may not happen now thanks to the Cleveland Clinic’s evil and unscientific new policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for organ transplant recipients and donors.

Mike Ganim, 52, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when he was 27. He has been battling complications ever since, with things taking a turn for the worse in March of 2020.

“The kidneys were so profound with cysts that they just pressed and pressed and pressed on his main vein and it bottlenecked it and it went all the way down into his leg,” said Debi Ganim, Mike Ganim’s wife.

Doctors at the Cleaveland clinic told the Ganim family that Mike needed a transplant as soon as possible, so they got to work on looking for a match. The search eventually led to the couple asking personal friends, with an old friend of Debi, Sue, George, eventually stepping forward. George ended up being a match that Mike could use.

“When I saw her posts on social media, that her husband needed this kidney, and knowing they ask for nothing from anybody, I immediately went to the computer and signed up to give blood,” said George. “They had matched our blood and mixed our blood together and it was a match.”

George was reportedly shocked and overjoyed by the news.

“All along I said to my husband, ‘we’ve got to try. I’ve got to try. You know I’m not going to be the match,’ but I had to try. So I was shocked,” said George.

The operation was then scheduled, with the couple reportedly shedding tears of happiness at the thought of their long ordeal finally reaching a possible end. They were then hit with a major curveball just 5 days before the surgery – the Cleveland Clinic called the Ganims to cancel the potentially life-saving surgery, saying they will not do it because George has not taken a COVID-19 shot. Ganim himself has had the shots.

“I don’t know what that’s going to mean. They called Mike and they said how sorry they are. The surgeons are devastated that this is a decision that came from the high up,” said Debi Ganim.

George reportedly said that the doctors had known he had not taken a COVID-19 shot during the entire process.

“It was never an issue, and not one doctor out of those doctors we’ve met with mentioned that it was an issue except for the pulmonary doctor who just tried to persuade me to get the shot and that was about a month ago,” said George.

The Cleaveland Clinic issued a statement to ABC News, shamelessly excusing the potential death sentence that they have granted to Mike Ganim.

The health and safety of our patients is our top priority. Cleveland Clinic has recently developed safety protocols for solid organ transplantation that require COVID-19 vaccination to be an active transplant candidate or living donor. Vaccination is particularly important in these patients for their safety. For the living donor, preventing COVID-19 infection around the time of a surgical operation is crucial. For the transplant candidate, in addition to a major operation, medications taken after an organ transplant weaken a person’s immune response. Serious complications of COVID-19 are most likely to develop in those individuals who have weakened immune systems, as their body has a reduced ability to fight and recover from infections. The FDA-authorized vaccines have been determined to be safe and effective and are the best way to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19.

Cleveland Clinic statement to News 5

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