***Update 7.1.22 – The Stoll Family has released this official statement. The article below has been updated to reflect this new information.
Official Stoll family statement:
First of all, we can’t thank you thoroughly enough for supporting August in this fight. Without you, we never would’ve gone this far. We believe in customized medical care regarding va**ination.
August has been quickly placed on the transplant list. In his state of cardiac decline, we made the decision as parents to prioritize his status on the list. In his extremely delicate state, we cannot risk moving him, although it was offered many times by Vanderbilt and by several private individuals.
As parents, it is very difficult to balance health decisions when your child is in such a delicate state, hanging in the balance between life and death. Decisions have to be made sometimes hour by hour. We empathize with anyone with a medically delicate child. It is unnatural to experience the confusion, fear and pain one does when their child sits on a precipice medically. It is not the way things were meant to be when God created the family unit.
Vanderbilt has been clear they are willing to work with us in some ways regarding our beliefs. But we did not win this fight.
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital has respected our privacy and it is important we keep the lines of communication open and productive.
*August will not receive the c*vid V*.
The doctor in question was ultimately not in charge of the V requirements.
We have made it clear that our relationships with his heart team are strong and remain that way.
We publicly apologize for causing anyone to feel unsafe. That was absolutely never our intention or mindset whatsoever, and we are disappointed that some individuals made threats and had very ill intent.
This did not turn out the way we had hoped and fought for. The decision we made was difficult and emotional. Putting your child on a transplant list is difficult in general, because you know what will come for someone else’s child.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for caring so deeply about August and the many children on transplant lists across the world. We hope that by raising awareness, change will come about.
-The Stoll Family
Original (now edited) article:
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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
The Tennessee Conservative reported on June 27th that the transplant team at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt had denied placing a 7-month old baby boy on the transplant list due to his vaccination status.
On June 29th, the transplant team approved August for placement on the heart transplant list.
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Many Conservative organizations and Tennessee citizens cried out in support of August, including the Nurse Freedom Network, Tennessee Liberty Network, Tennessee Stands and concerned Conservatives across the state.
In an interview with Fox News @ Night, Bioethicist, theologian and “Losing Our Dignity” author Charlie Camosy said that he considered the case a “puzzling situation.”
Camosy said, “Normally, doctors in the business are trying to protect children … but it looked like [the doctor in this case] might’ve been playing some kind of COVID politics with this.”
“Think about the power imbalance here,” he said. “Think about the desperation this family has felt. That’s a horrible thing.”
Comosy said that according to his research, it’s not all that uncommon for doctors to take advantage of their power by imposing their personal ideologies on patients and he challenged the notion that the doctor’s concern for the baby’s well-being extended to a recommendation for vaccination.
Regardless, the Stoll family has stated that they are very thankful that August is now on the transplant list.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com