A 6-month-old baby underwent heart surgery after a court intervened in the infant’s care, according to CNN.
The parents delayed the operation because they did not want “blood contaminated by vaccination.”
Dozens of protesters surrounded the hospital in support of the parents, according to the New Zealand Herald.
When parents refused to go through with open heart surgery for her 6-month-old baby due to concerns that the remains of the COVID-19 vaccine would adversely affect the baby, the New Zealand courts stepped in and boosted the life-saving operation, CNN reported.
The baby, whose only identification is baby whe had a life-threatening congenital heart defect but, despite the urgency, the parents insisted on delaying his operation until they found a donor without the COVID-19 vaccine, CNN added.
“We do not want blood contaminated by vaccination. That’s the end of the deal: we’re okay with anything else these doctors want to do,” the boy’s father said, according to The Guardian.
With more than 83% of the New Zealand population is vaccinated for COVID-19, most of the blood needed for the operation would contain COVID-19 antibodies.
“Almost all the blood in New Zealand will have antibodies against covid, so unless you reject all the blood, I can’t imagine how you will fix this,” said Professor Nikki Turner, medical director of the University of Auckland Immunization Advisor. . Center, she said she, according to the New Zealand Herald.
“The next thing is that the covid antibodies per se will not be a problem for the person receiving them in any way, they will just offer the person additional protection against the covid disease,” Turner added.
Since doctors and parents could not reach an agreement, the New Zealand health service, whatu you pray, filed an application with the Auckland High Court under the Child Care Act at the end of November. They sought temporary guardianship of the baby, allowing the operation to go ahead, according to The Guardian.
The operation, which occurred on Friday, went “as smoothly as can be expected,” the parents’ attorney, Sue Grey, told Insider.
“He is still in the PICU. His parents have met with him and stayed with him all day,” she added.
The parents chose to have “peace time with their baby until the operation and support him through the operation,” Gray said. The Guardian Thursday.
Gray said the parents were written off as “conspiracy theorists” because of their concerns, reported the NZ Herald.
On Friday, dozens of protesters surrounded the hospital in support of the parents as the surgery took place, according to Radio New Zealand, CNN affiliate. They were met with signs, one of which read “Don’t Experiment On Our Children” and another which read “Support Baby.”
“The chance of finding spike protein in donated blood is very small, and it will be in the picogram range if it is there,” said Dr. New Zealand Blood Service website said. “There is no evidence that this poses any risk to the recipients,” she added.
The baby will remain in the ward of the court until it is fully healed, according to CNN.
“The decision to apply to the court is always made taking into account the best interests of the child and after extensive discussions with whānau [extended family]Te Whatu Ora acting director Dr Mike Shepherd told the NZ Herald.
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