The parents of a baby who needs life-saving heart surgery are refusing to let doctors operate with vaccinated blood.
The four-month-old in Auckland, New Zealand, has severe pulmonary valve stenosis (a dangerously narrow heart valve) and needs the procedure ‘almost immediately’.
The boy’s parents believe the Covid vaccine, which has been approved by every single one of the world’s major health bodies, is ‘experimental’.
His mum said: ‘We want the surgery to go ahead straight away, as soon as they can schedule it to happen, but we are hugely concerned about the blood that they are going to use.’
Local health service Te Whatu Ora has resorted to taking the family to court to try and get guardianship removed – so their consent is no longer needed to give the baby vaccinated blood.
Interim director Dr Mike Shepard told the NZ Herald: ‘The decision to make an application to the court is always made with the best interests of the child in mind and following extensive conversations.’
The parents, who have not been named to protect the identity of their child, are fighting back with lawyer Sue Grey – a prominent anti-vaxxer.
They argue they should have a right to choose and claim they have already arranged 20 unvaccinated paediatric donors who have been approved by a blood bank.
They say NZBlood is coming up with ‘obstacles’ to using this blood. Metro.co.uk has contacted NZBlood for comment.
The family appeared at Auckland High Court today to set a date for an urgent hearing.
The baby’s parents were supported by about 100 anti-vaxxers who formed a small demonstration outside.
The New Zealand Blood Service website says: ‘Any COVID-19 vaccine in the blood is broken down soon after the injection.
‘All donated blood also gets filtered during processing, so any trace amounts that may still be present poses no risk to recipients.’
Several other doctors have made similar points about how the processing of donated blood makes it difficult to separate vaccinated and unvaccinated batches.
Auckland University’s immunisation advisory centre medical director, Professor Nikki, said: ‘Almost all blood in New Zealand will have Covid antibodies in it so unless you’re going to refuse all blood, I can’t imagine how you’ll get round this.’
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