Woman loses kidney transplant after refusing covid vaccine
A Colorado woman lost her opportunity to receive a kidney transplant after confirming that she would not accept the COVID-19 vaccine.
Born-again Christian Leilani Lutali said she objected to fetal cell lines in the vaccine’s development.
“As a Christian, I can’t support anything that has to do with abortion of babies, and the sanctity of life for me is precious,” Lutali said.
Fetal cell lines were used to test the effectiveness of Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines, and Johnson & Johnson used them during the development and production process.
According to UCLA Health: “Fetal cell lines are grown in a laboratory and were started with cells from elective abortions that occurred several decades ago in the 1970s-80s. They are now thousands of generations removed from the original fetal tissue. None of the COVID-19 vaccines use fetal cells derived from recent abortions.”
UCHealth explained its reasoning for rescinding Lutali’s kidney transplant.
“Transplant centers across the nation, including the UCHealth Transplant Center, have specific requirements in place to protect patients both during and after surgery. For example, patients may be required to receive vaccinations including hepatitis B, MMR and others,” spokesperson Dan Weaver said.