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a Colorado A woman with stage 5 kidney failure is scrambling to find a new hospital to perform a kidney transplant after she was refused a transplant because she and her donor were not Vaccination against coronavirus.

Leilani Lutali and her kidney donor, Jamie Faugner, sat down with “Granthshala and Friends First” Thursday to tell their story.

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In August, Leilani was told that getting vaccinated was not a prerequisite for her transplant.

“I had a lot of emotions, from confusion to despair, being told a month ago that I wouldn’t need to take that shot and then fast-forward to a month later now I said something different then I was a month ago. What did it make me feel now?” Lutali told host Todd Pirro.

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Lutali said he received a letter from UCHealth in late September informing him that he and Fogner had 30 days to begin the vaccine process. And if they refuse the shots they will be taken off the kidney transplant list.

Faugner described the hospital as holding his friend’s life hostage with a mandate.

“I don’t know why they would do this. I’m in the medical field and our first job is to be kind to our patients and involve them in their care, and they have options for their health care. I think so. The option has been taken from Leilani and she has been given death sentence from the hospital.” Faugner said.

The health system told CBS4, “For transplant patients who contract COVID-19, the mortality rate is about 20% to more than 30%. This shows the extreme risk that COVID-19 can be transmitted to transplant recipients after their surgery.” does.”

The health system also noted that patients need to receive other vaccines, such as for hepatitis B, to help ensure the transplant will not be rejected.

Lutali and Fogner are now hoping that a hospital in another state will perform the transplant.

“Our trust is in our Lord Jesus Christ, we know he can do everything so our hope is in him and if there is a hospital that can do the surgery they will contact us,” Faugner said.

Lutali met Fogner 10 months ago during a Bible study. Lutali said he had not received the vaccine because there were still many unknowns, while Faugner did not receive the shot for religious reasons.

Granthshala News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.