Kidney transplant surgery on a man in Ohio has been canceled because the donor did not vaccinate against Covid-1.
Mike Gannin, 52, who was fully vaccinated, was just a few days away from his scheduled transplant surgery when he was informed by the Cleveland Clinic that the donor had not been vaccinated.
Under the Cleveland Clinic’s new policy, donors must be vaccinated against covid in order to donate organs.
“It reminded us that we’re back in Square One,” said Devi, Mike Ganin’s wife. “I am terrified. Sometimes I have moments where I don’t think about it, but it comes back, and I think, ‘What’s going to happen?’ ”
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Desperate to find a kidney donor, doctors said dialysis would no longer be enough, Devi Ganin went to Facebook to find a match for her husband.
Devi appealed for help in a Facebook post and after offering blood tests to dozens of people she definitely found a match for her husband.
After a match and a few months of preparation, Gannins was told that the transplant surgery had been canceled due to a new policy.
Eastlake, Ohio-Mike Ganyme was five days away from life-saving kidney transplant surgery when his wife Devi received devastating news.
There will be no surgery.
Devi Ghanim said they were informed on October 8 that the Cleveland Clinic had implemented a new safety policy that required both living donors and organ recipients to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
A few months ago, after the operation procedure and preparation, 1 surgery was supposed to be an important surgery in October.
“We were blind,” said George, who said doctors always knew he hadn’t been vaccinated, and no one said it would be a problem. George said that now getting a vaccine is not an option. “I don’t want to be vaccinated,” he explained. “I have reasons – medical, religious and freedom.”
Dewey and Mike Ganyme still hope that there will be a way forward with transplant surgery if, perhaps, George carries part of his surgery to another hospital in Clearland or Columbus.
“It’s wrong in many ways,” Devi said of the clinic’s decision to cancel Mike’s surgery. “Everything is due to a policy that was fixed.”