Dr Nick Coatsworth explains why Vicki Derderian can’t get heart transplant without Covid jab
Aussie mum refused a life-saving heart transplant for not getting a Covid vaccine unleashes at Dan Andrews’ government for its ‘coercive’ jab mandate while the rest of the world moves on – before Dr Nick Coatsworth offers a surprising defence
- Mother refused important heart transplant
- Vicki Derderian refused to get Covid jab
A mum in need of a lifesaving heart transplant has lashed out at Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews after being told she must take a Covid vaccine if she wanted the surgery.
Melbourne-mother-of-two Vicki Derderian said on Monday she had been turned away by doctors because of vaccine mandates, which are enforced by the Victorian government
She said she was informed of her ineligibility for the operation because she had not taken a Covid jab.
A mother has lashed out at Daniel Andrews after she was refused a heart transplant because she is not vaccinated against Covid
Melbourne mother-of-two Vicki Derderian took aim at the Victorian premier saying she had been unable to access the life saving surgery
‘The hospital stance at the moment is no jab, no heart,’ Ms Derderian told Channel Nine’s Today Show.
‘Because of these mandates, it has interfered with patient doctor relationships, patients like myself.
‘We’re being pushed in the corner and coerced to take something that goes against what we believe in, or not receive life saving treatment.’
Dr Nick Coatsworth shared his sympathies with the ‘strong woman’ but said there was a good reason surgery patients needed the vaccine.
His support for the mandate in this instance was at odds with his previous outspoken opposition to compulsory vaccines in other workplaces.
‘From a transplant physician’s point of view, the biggest risk to you is when we hit your immune system like that, if you get Covid-19 without having the vaccine, then there is a significant risk that organ will die with you,’ he said.
‘And we don’t want that to happen to you, and we don’t want it to happen to the family who has made that sacred donation.’
Ms Derderian suffered from heart failure in 2020 before doctors inserted a ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump that circulates blood.
The mother-of-two spent one-and-a-half months in the intensive care unit following her surgery, and a further three months in hospital and rehabilitation.
Dr Nick Coatsworth shared his sympathies with the mother on the Today Show but threw his support behind the surgeons saying there was a good reason patients needed the vaccine
Ms Derderian is unvaccinated with patients required to receive a minimum of two doses in order to be eligible for a transplant (stock image)
She said she was up to date with vaccinations for all the other diseases but had refused to get the Covid jab after reading anecdotal evidence of increased heart failure risk among vaccine recipients.
Ms Derderian insisted she is not an anti-vaxxer and decided against the vaccine after ‘reading up on all the information’.
‘I wanted to minimise risk as much as possible because as you know, heart transplant is not a walk in the park operation. It’s very complicated. It has a lot of risks,’ she said.
‘And to face those risks on top of an unknown risk from a vaccination that has had partial approval, I had to think twice and it was a very hard decision.’
Dr Coatsworth acknowledged there was a risk from the Covid vaccine but described it as ‘very, very small’.
Ms Derderian remained steadfast in her opposition to the Covid vaccine, and was less concerned about getting the virus than the risks she perceived from the jab.
‘In terms of treatments, there are therapeutic treatments that are available to treat Covid, should I have Covid,’ she said.
In July, Dr Nick Coatsworth said there was no ‘public health rationale’ behind Covid vaccine mandates in the workforce as he called for them to be ditched.
‘Corporations should really rethink any vaccine mandate that they have at the moment,’ he said.