The terminally ill Alberta woman
A woman who was denied organ transplantation because she had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 was still denied access.
Even after receiving an independent medical report proving that she is naturally immune
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms - JCCF - has stated that.
Sheila Annette Lewis is a woman who has been
The vaccine requirement set in place by
Alberta Health Services
Transplant candidates are eligible for a number of benefits.
On March 28,
Lewis gave her doctors at the Alberta transplant program a privately funded medical.
She has a strong natural immunity against COVID-19, and had previously overcome COVID-19 infection.
The JCCF stated in a
Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation provided the report on March 24, 2009.
Kinexus' report stated that Lewis' blood sample "clearly supports" the presence of SARS CoV-2 immunoreactivity. The report also stated that Lewis was probably infected around mid-September of 2021, was reinfected more recently and has extremely high levels antibodies against SARS CoV-2.
Lewis requested that her doctors test her blood for COVID-19 antibody levels nearly a full year ago, to determine if she had a natural immunity. However, they refused, according to JCCF.
Lewis's Kinexus report was received by her transplant physician on April 3. He informed her that despite her test results, he had not changed the healthcare policies pertaining COVID-19 vaccine requirements and that Lewis would still have to receive the vaccinations before she could be given an organ transplant.
[The doctor] informed her that the Kinexus Report concluded, even with natural immunity she would still need to receive a booster dose Covid-19 vaccine
JCCF stated that the report did not mention Ms. Lewis' need for a booster dose to maintain immunity against Covid-19.
The Epoch Times contacted the AHS regarding Lewis's case but did not hear back right away.
COVID-19 related mandatory public health restrictions will be implemented on June 14, 2020.
Alberta's government has published a list of "routine immunizations" that adult organ donors are required to have before a transplant. The list includes a "primary series" of three doses COVID-19 vaccinations. Booster shots are also needed, but 'at least six months after the primary series or prior booster dose'. The guideline was published on 20 March and is a revision.
For transplant recipients published on June 1, 2020
JCCF has said that it has sent a
Lewis's doctors should write to AHS and the Alberta Hospital, asking them to accept Lewis's natural immunity against Covid-19 in lieu of Covid-19 vaccination, and to reinstate her on the high priority transplant waiting list by April 21, 2023.
The team of the transplant program, AHS and the hospital should accept Ms. Lewis’s natural immunity to Covid-19 in lieu of Covid-19 vaccination, and immediately reinstate her on the top priority transplant list.
Allison Pejovic is Lewis' legal counsel. She said this in the JCCF's press release.
There is no medical or scientific principle that would justify denying Ms. Lewis an organ transplant to save her life.
Lewis had previously taken AHS and six physicians from the transplant program at an Alberta hospital, where she was to receive her transplant. She lost both court cases.
Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Then, there is the
Alberta Court of Appeal
JCCF stated that in 2022. The Alberta Bill of Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms were not applicable to the COVID-19 vaccination policies developed by AHS and others, according to both courts.
Lewis has filed a lawsuit
She then appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has not decided yet whether to hear her appeal, JCCF stated.