Three-Year-Old Denied Life-Saving Heart Surgery as Unvaccinated Parents Finally Received Care from Greece – Greek City Times

A three-year-old boy from Cyprus who was denied life-saving heart surgery last week because his parents were not vaccinated has finally been taken to Greece, where he is now awaiting surgery.

Prior to his admission to the pediatric clinic at Mitera Hospital, where he remains under the care of Dr. Giorgos Sarris, hospitals in Germany, Israel and the UK refused to perform the transplant, sparking heated debate over the vaccination on social networks.

The boy was first hospitalized in Cyprus last week with a life-threatening heart condition.

Since the operation could not be performed in Cypriot hospitals, the country’s health ministry decided to approach Germany and fly him to Frankfurt by air ambulance last Thursday.

The day before the transfer, however, the Frankfurt hospital informed the Cypriot authorities that due to the unvaccinated status of the parents, the operation could not be performed in Germany either.

As they continued to seek lifesaving help, Cypriot authorities were also turned away by hospitals in the UK and Israel for the same reason.

At this point, the boy’s parents agreed to be vaccinated, but the boy needed immediate medical attention and it would be six weeks before they were considered fully vaccinated.

The boy’s father, Alexey Matveev, told Politico: “I know that unvaccinated patients are admitted to hospitals in Germany. I did not know that I had to be vaccinated for my child to be operated on in this hospital.

“If I had known, of course, I would have done it… I am in good health and I did not want to be vaccinated. I find it inappropriate for a healthy person to be vaccinated,” he added.

Cypriot officials said they informed parents in advance of the need to get vaccinated. Officials reportedly suggested parents get the single-dose J&J vaccine to speed up the process, but they declined.

Fortunately, Greece agreed to take in the child, whose identity has not been revealed, and he was flown to Athens on Saturday afternoon.

Both parents have since received the first two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, according to hospital authorities.

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