A terminally ill Alberta woman facing removal from an organ transplant list over her refusal to receive a COVID vaccination is appealing a judge’s decision siding with the hospital.
Annette Lewis, 57, lost a bid last month for an injunction against Alberta Health Services and six local doctors after health authorities said she could not proceed with the transplant unless she receives her COVID shots.
Lewis claimed the requirement violated her charter rights, while AHS said it has an obligation to donors, their families and other patients to make sure organs are used on patients with the highest chance of surviving.
The specific organ in question, the names of the doctors and the community in which they work are covered by a publication ban.
Unvaxed Alberta woman facing removal from transplant list appeals court ruling backing hospital