GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Could 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A federal lawsuit has been filed within the Western District of Michigan in opposition to Spectrum Well being Hospitals/Helen Devos Kids’s Hospital at the moment, on behalf of a 17 year-old Michigan lady who the plaintiff says has been denied placement on the kidney transplant wait checklist, after refusing sure medical interventions—together with the covid and flu photographs— because of the household’s spiritual beliefs. Alisa Campau has end-stage renal illness and solely minimal functioning in her one remaining kidney. She at present depends on common dialysis remedies to outlive. Alisa’s dad and mom adopted her from Ukraine final summer time.
Jenna Campau, Alisa’s adoptive mom, is the named plaintiff within the lawsuit. In accordance with the federal grievance, Jenna and her husband “are against any vaccine or different medical product that’s produced utilizing aborted fetal cells.” The grievance additional alleges that the hospital refused to exempt Alisa from its vaccination necessities, denying Alisa the chance to even be evaluated for placement on the transplant checklist.
The lawsuit is being funded by the nonprofit group We The Patriots USA, Inc. Attorneys Norm Pattis and Christopher DeMatteo of Pattis & Smith, LLC are the lead counsel, with Legal professional James A. Thomas serving as native counsel in Michigan. WTP USA has organized a fundraiser for the Campaus’s lawsuit, with a aim of $50,000 for authorized bills, however up to now has raised lower than $16,000. In accordance with the fundraiser web page, WTP USA is “in search of to ascertain a vitally essential precedent for all Individuals, i.e. that no particular person might ever be denied life-saving medical remedy only for refusing a shot.”
Amongst different issues, the lawsuit seeks judgments declaring that the hospital violated the legislation by denying Alisa a non secular lodging; a everlasting injunction prohibiting the hospital from requiring the photographs as a situation of Alisa being evaluated for the transplant, being positioned on the transplant checklist, or receiving the transplant; and financial damages. As Jenna explains, it’s important that Alisa be positioned on the pediatric transplant checklist earlier than she turns 18 this July. “The wait time for grownup transplants is three to 5 years. Pediatric transplant sufferers obtain excessive precedence, so Alisa might obtain a kidney inside months.”
A press convention is scheduled for 11 a.m. this Monday, Could 16, 2022 in entrance of the U.S. District Courtroom for the Western District of Michigan, positioned at 110 Michigan Avenue NW in Grand Rapids. Legal professional Thomas can be current to reply questions, together with plaintiff Jenna Campau.
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