In New Zealand, an anti-vaccine couple continued to delay their son’s urgent surgery. Local authorities took custody of the child
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(updated at 2:51 pm)
Another case of supporters of the anti-vax movement has drawn attention around the world: parents of a six-month-old baby in New Zealand, prohibited the son from undergoing a necessary surgery on the grounds that he would be subject to receiving blood from donors vaccinated against Covid-19. This is because the country’s donation banks make no distinction in relation to those immunized or not against the disease.
The little one was born with a severe case of Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVE) – when the pulmonary valve is very narrow and the blood cannot flow properly between the heart and lungs – and need to undergo the operation on an urgent basis. Despite this, the couple refuses to follow the protocols of the health system.
The child’s mother claims the family wants “safe blood”. Among the anti-vaccine conspiracies, it is believed that vaccines that use messenger RNA (such as those from Pfizer and Moderna) can modify people’s DNA, leading to diseases, including the one they should fight, among other supposed issues that have never been confirmed.
The problem is that, as there is no such separation between blood donors, and the State attests that immunizers do not pose risksthe surgery continued to be postponed, as the parents remained adamant.
Court assumes temporary custody of child
Last week, the public health service filed a lawsuit for temporary custody of the baby, so that the surgery could be performed. On the last 7th, the Superior Court of Auckland gave custody to the authorities as temporary custody of the childwhich has been called “Baby W”.
“He continues to urgently need the operation, and every day it is postponed, his heart is compromised,” read the decision, quoting one of the doctors in charge. Now, the baby will be kept under the medical supervision of the Court until he recovers from the surgery., which should happen by the end of January. In the meantime, parents remain guardians “for all other purposes”, as stated in a statement.
After the announcement of the decision, the lawyer representing the couple, Sue Grey, also a supporter of the anti-vax movement, posted on her Facebook profile that the two now intend to prioritize time with the baby in a peaceful way until the surgery, supporting her or in the procedure.
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