Heart transplant

University of Michigan refuses to consider mom of 5 for heart transplant over COVID vaccine

Despite a mother of five’s desperate plea to University of Michigan Hospital for a life-saving heart transplant, the state-run facility will not budge from its refusal to consider her for surgery until until she is vaccinated against COVID-19.

University Hospital, which has close ties to vaccine maker Pfizer, also rejected 35-year-old Katie Shier’s request for a religious exemption.

In a recent heartbreaking email about his condition, Shier described how the pump that keeps his heart moving has been overwhelmed by bacteria that no longer respond to the round of antibiotics prescribed to him by doctors at the hospital. University of Michigan (UM).

As a result, Shier was repeatedly hospitalized with blood infections. She and her husband, Ron, fear it could eventually lead to sepsis, which can be fatal.

“It’s like nobody at UM cares what they’re doing to us and our kids,” Ron Shier told The Epoch Times.

Ron Shier, who works full-time as a mental health counsellor, said his children, aged 3 to 11, constantly worry that mum “isn’t coming home from the hospital”.

UM’s ties to Pfizer date back at least to 2008, when it purchased the pharmaceutical company’s giant Ann Arbor complex and all of its life science content.

According to a 2008 statement from the university, he quickly recruited 13 Pfizer scientists after taking over his facilities, most of them still working for the university. Ten of the scientists were specifically hired to staff UM’s College of Pharmacy.

David Canter, senior associate vice president and executive director of UM’s North Campus Research Complex, led Pfizer’s pharmaceutical research operation in Ann Arbor; and Scott Larsen, who received the Pfizer Achievement Award in 2007, is now a research professor of medicinal chemistry at the university.

Several executive-level Pfizer employees are also university alumni, including Pfizer Director Lynne Pauer and 2020 graduate Sarah Kusisto, a senior executive at Pfizer’s Portage, Michigan site.

Last year, Pfizer was one of three companies that the university Tauber Institute for Global Operations has chosen to receive its annual longevity awards.

According to UM’s website, the award is given “in recognition” to companies “for their commitment to operations training through their active participation in Tauber team projects.”

Pfizer also remains a major employer in Michigan, with its largest manufacturing plant located in Kalamazoo, where it manufactures the prescription drug Paxlovid, an antiviral pill the FDA approved last year for the treatment of COVID.

Katie Shier provided The Epoch Times with notarized permission to speak to UM about her case. Clearance was sent to the university’s transplant team, clinical ethics services and CEO Marschall Runge with a request for comment on his case.

He was also sent to the eight-member Board of Regents, elected officials who govern the public hospital. None of them answered.

On July 29, Mary Masson, director of public relations for the university, released a one-line statement via email to The Epoch Times in response to Shier’s case, but declined to answer any questions, even refusing. to provide The Epoch Times with his phone. Number.

“Michigan Medicine does not discuss ongoing litigation,” was the sole response from the taxpayer-funded hospital.

The Epoch Times asked the hospital for a copy of its COVID vaccine mandate policy, whether it applied only to transplant patients, and under what circumstances it granted or considered granting a religious exemption.

The Epoch Times has never inquired about the ongoing litigation.

Last month, the Pacific Justice Institute filed a lawsuit in court on behalf of Shier and another college transplant patient against the college’s board of trustees, seeking a declaratory waiver from its center’s COVID vaccination policy. transplant and his refusal to consider both Shier and the other patient’s request for the latter’s religious exemption.

The other patient, who needs a kidney transplant, is not as seriously ill as Shier.

Both were on the list for a transplant but were removed after the university adopted a new policy that the COVID vaccine would be required to remain on the list.

The complaint accuses the regents “of breaching their duty of care to patients by imposing arbitrary and capricious dictates and effectively giving patients the choice to die or submit to government-inspired dictates that are not to legitimate medical purposes”.

Katie Shier told The Epoch Times she was strongly opposed to the vaccine because she believed it was dangerous and could fail her already fragile heart, which is functioning at only 7 percent of its normal capacity.

She said she believed their concerns were validated by the growing number of people who said they had heart problems after being injected with COVID.

“It’s just an evil experiment on humanity,” Shier said, “and I don’t want to be a part of it.”

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Alice Giordano is a former news correspondent for the Boston Globe, the Associated Press and the New England bureau of the New York Times.