A New Zealand couple have refused to let doctors use vaccinated blood to perform life-saving heart surgery on their baby boy.
The parents, who have not been named to protect their child’s identity, are ‘hugely concerned’ about the type of blood being used in the surgery.
Their four-month-old has severe pulmonary valve stenosis, meaning he has a narrow heart valve, and requires urgent surgery involving the use of donated blood.
The boy’s parents believe the Covid vaccine, which has been approved by every single one of the world’s major health bodies, is ‘experimental’.
His mum said: ‘We want the surgery to go ahead straight away, as soon as they can schedule it to happen, but we are hugely concerned about the blood that they are going to use.’
Local health service Te Whatu Ora has taken the dispute to Auckland’s High Court to get the child’s guardianship shifted from his parents to the courts so consent could be given to use donated blood.
The couple says they are responsible for their child and claim to have already arranged 20 unvaccinated paediatric donors approved by a blood bank.
A New Zealand couple, who cannot be named to protect the identify of their baby, have refused to let doctors use vaccinated blood to perform life-saving surgery on their child
Justice Layne Harvey set an urgent hearing for next Tuesday and encouraged the two parties to continue negotiations in the meantime.
Representing Te Whatu Ora, lawyer Paul White said the life-saving surgery would have been completed several weeks ago in normal circumstances.
He said their application to the court had been made in the best interests of the young patient and was medically safe.
Lawyer Sue Grey, representing the baby’s parents, said they are seeking better care for their child than the state could offer.
The lawyer said there was no reason why Te Whatu Ora wasn’t considering her clients’ proposal to use unvaccinated blood as a solution.
The baby’s mother spoke to reporters outside the courtroom, telling them she had attended in person so she could see the judge and he could see her child.
Over 100 anti-vaxxer protesters gathered outside Auckland’s High Court holding posters that read ‘It’s not about health, it’s about control’ (pictured, Auckland protestors in January)
She said she had refused the unvaccinated blood because she had a responsibility to her child and said ‘so many’ people were rallying behind her.
‘Kiwis are amazing, people I don’t know are showing so much love,’ she said.
Over 100 anti-vaxxer protesters gathered outside Auckland’s High Court on Wednesday, holding posters that read ‘It’s not about health, it’s about control’.
A woman demonstrating outside the court said the case shouldn’t go ahead.
‘It’s appalling, it’s stressful on the parents and on the baby,’ she told reporters.
The New Zealand Blood Service website states blood is not divided between vaccinated and unvaccinated donors as it is filtered during processing.
It states there is no evidence that using blood from a vaccinated person poses any risk to recipients and that any traces of the Covid-19 vaccine was broken down and would not be transferred to patients.
The New Zealand Blood Service website states blood is not divided between vaccinated and unvaccinated donors as it is filtered during processing (stock image)
‘All donated blood also gets filtered during processing, so any trace amounts that may still be present poses no risk to recipients,’ it said.
Te Whatu Ora Auckland interim director Dr Mike Shepherd told the NZ Herald it could be stressful for parents to make decisions regarding a sick child.
‘The decision to make an application to the court is always made with the best interests of the child in mind and following extensive conversations,’ he said.
Heart stenosis is when the heart’s valves don’t open properly meaning pressure and blood can build up, reducing blood flow and putting strain on the heart.
According to Healthdirect, one in 4,000 people are born with an aortic valve that is shaped differently which can become hardened or scarred as they get older, therefore increasing their chances of developing heart stenosis.