Garnet Harper, of Sudbury, Ontario, died of kidney disease after being denied a transplant because he was unvaccinated.
His wife, Meghan, said to Independent Journalism: “I said I’m not going to be participating in this program as long as people like my husband are not eligible to receive organs that are from the Trillium Network.”
“And I said, ‘are you aware that unvaccinated people are not eligible to receive transplants in Ontario, and that’s a large part of why my husband is lying in this bed right now.’”
Meghan stated that the nurse who asked if the Trillium Network could take his organs if he died was taken aback. While she was emotional and distraught, she attempted to educate the nurse on what was going on in Canada.
She stated that hospitals “need to change because we can’t continue this way.” The nurse agreed with her by the end of the call.
The nurse stated that she was unaware of unvaccinated organ transplant patients being denied treatment. She promised to relay her observations to her superiors.
Meghan concluded by saying the fact that “they call you while you’re sitting next to your dying loved one and they ask you if they can have his organs, while meanwhile he wasn’t good enough to receive organs from them is, I can’t describe the feeling.”
“It makes me sick to my stomach,” she said.
Garnet died on May 22, at the age of 35, from kidney disease, according to his family’s obituary.
“‘Garnet strove to make every interaction with his family and friends meaningful and therefore he will be missed greatly by his surviving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and many extended family and friends,’ said his family.”
“‘Garnet took pride as a small business owner and passionately took on auto detailing with Sharper Auto Spa.'”
“He was born on July 13, 1987 in Chateauguay, QC, and was predeceased by his parents, Wakefield Atheson Harper and Teresa Mary Gauvreau. He leaves behind Meghan and his children Avah, Elyanah, Yarah, Nyah, and Judah.”