In May, I posted an article about Yulia Hicks, a child who was denied a kidney transplant at Duke University Hospital because she had not received a Covid-19 vaccine. Yulia had had Covid-19, recovered from the disease, and had natural immunity. Thankfully, East Carolina University agreed to do the surgery, and Yulia is well on her way to recovery. However, the story doesn’t end there.
In their week of August 3rd edition, The County Compass updated the story of Yulia. In the article, The County Compass reported that Celeste Cairns, a representative to the North Carolina legislature from Carteret County, introduced a bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives on April 6 that would prohibit North Carolina transplant centers from discriminating (House Bill 586) against individuals seeking to donate or receive an anatomical gift or organ transplant solely on the bases is their Covid-19 vaccination status. The bill was also introduced in the North Carolina Senate on April 5. The main sponsor of the Senate bill is Senator Jim Perry. The main sponsors of the House bill are Representatives Celeste Cairns, Sarah Stevens, Kristin Baker, and Donna McDowell White. The bill was referred to the Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate on 5/3/2023 and hasn’t been heard from since. This is the link to the page showing the members of this committee. It would be really nice if they heard from the citizens of North Carolina that discriminating against people who were not vaccinated is not acceptable. If you click on the names of the people on the committee, the site will provide you with their email addresses. If you would like to see this bill passed, please let the committee members know.