Veteran Can Now Receive Kidney Transplant

Apr 6, 2022

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – A U.S. Air Force veteran who was initially denied a kidney transplant because of his COVID-19 vaccination status, has now located a hospital in Texas that will accommodate him. 

Liberty Counsel was contacted by Adam Draper, a North Carolina lawyer who assisted Chad Carswell in locating a hospital which would not require the COVID injection.  Carswell previously sought to receive a transplant from Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but was denied because transplant recipients and donors are required to get the COVID shot. 

Fortunately, Carswell now has located Medical City Forth Worth which does not require the shot in order for him to receive the kidney transplant. 

A double amputee because of complications from diabetes, Carswell needs a transplant because his kidney function is only at four percent, and he requires dialysis three times a week. Carswell has had COVID twice and said he would rather “die free” than take the shot.

After learning that many facilities required transplant donors and recipients to take the COVID shot, Carswell appeared on numerous news talk shows and networks, including Newsmax and One America News Network. More than 500 people indicated they were willing to donate a kidney to him. 

Carswell said that the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) has a set of protocols it recommends hospitals follow to determine viable kidney donation candidates. UNOS recommends that no one refusing to take the “vaccine” be considered a viable candidate for kidney donation. 

Draper recently stated, “Chad is going to Texas on April 17 to begin the process of organ matching and the screening to be approved for surgery. What he needs now are prayers for God to sustain his life so that he can receive a new kidney and have a successful transplant procedure.” 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “No one who needs an organ transplant should be denied because of their decision not to get the COVID shots. The case of this Air Force veteran is even more shameful because of his service to our country. People should not be forced to choose between their life and their religious beliefs."

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