Transplant Patient Who Was Denied Gets an Update

Currently, there are over 104,000 people on waiting lists for organ transplants in America. The list contains those of every age, ethnicity, and gender. 

Yulia Hicks (14) needs a transplant to correct a genetic kidney disorder. Last year Hicks was denied a transplant by Duke Children’s Hospital because she had not been vaccinated against Covid-19. The family explained that Yulia had recovered from the Covid virus, but the hospital remained steadfast and refused to help.

A Duke hospital doctor told the family that natural immunity would not be enough to prevent infection from Covid variants.

A CDC study found that those infected with Covid recovered gave a much higher level of natural immunity protection against the Delta strain than those who received the vaccine alone. 

Chrissy Hicks, Yulia’s mother, announced that another North Carolina hospital has agreed to perform the life-saving surgery and give the teen a new kidney. 

The pre-operational consult occurred this past Monday, and Yulia’s surgery is scheduled for May 25. 

Yulia Hicks was adopted by Lee and Chrissy, who already have ten children, two of which are also adopted. The Hicks family was aware of the eventual need for the surgery before adoption. 

The kidney transplant or renal transplant is the most common organ transplant worldwide. 

The liver, lungs, heart, intestines, and pancreas are among the most common organs donor banks need. Only about 14,000 organ donors died in 2021, providing approximately 3.5 organs on average when over 100,000 people are on organ donor waiting lists.

Only about 6,000 organs per year are provided by living donors. 

The Biden administration has continued to downplay the virus protection natural immunity provides and continues pushing vaccinations. 

The CDC had changed its description of those receiving the vaccine from “Are you fully vaccinated” to “Are you up to date.” 

This language manipulation suggests that annual booster shots will be necessary. It implies that low risk people who don’t want to be vaccinated are “out of date,” according to Dr. Marty Makary of John Hopkins University. He claims it sounds like vaccines are akin to software updates.