The judges must determine if the minor is urgently operated on the heart or give the reason to the parents of the child, who are opposed to this intervention being carried out with the blood transfusion of someone vaccinated against the coronavirus

The New Zealand High Court left this Tuesday seen for sentencing the trial whose ruling will determine whether a baby should be urgently operated on the heart or gives the reason to the parents of the minor who oppose this intervention to be carried out with the blood transfusion of someone vaccinated against covid-19.

After a hearing held in the New Zealand city of Auckland, Judge Ian Gault left his decision, which is presumed not to be known today, for sentencing, according to the New Zealand Herald (NZH) newspaper.

In this case, the public department of Health (Te Whatu Ora) relied on the Child Care Law to request guardianship of the baby , who suffers from a narrowing of a heart valve, in order to urgently undergo surgical intervention.

Although the minor’s parents, who have not been identified and received the support of a hundred anti-vaxxers who gathered outside the court, recognize the urgency of the intervention , they refuse to allow plasma from a donor to be used in the operation. who have been inoculated against the coronavirus.


If the court finds in favor of the Department of Health, the parents can appeal the decision, although they probably would not have time because the baby would be operated on immediately , according to Radio New Zealand (RZN).

If the parents win, they can potentially ask for a direct donation, but experts such as hematologist Jim Faed consider it an unsafe procedure, especially in donor screening, the public broadcaster added.

In addition, the public body NZ Blood, which coordinates blood donations and provides plasma to hospitals , could refuse to separate the blood of those vaccinated and not vaccinated against covid because there is no scientific basis to demonstrate that it poses a risk. for health, Faed told RZN.


At the start of the hearing, Te Whatu Ora’s lawyer, Paul White, remarked that the baby’s cardiologists have warned that the patient is suffering damage due to the delay in the operation due to the accumulation of blood on the damaged valve.

“He is under incredible stress,” White said in statements collected by the NZH, insisting that this baby, who was in the courtroom in his mother’s arms, remain hospitalized.

The lawyer insisted that the priority is to take into account what is best for the child and recalled that his parents had previously agreed to the child receiving a blood transfusion.


For her part, lawyer Sue Grey, who represents the baby’s parents, argued that there are a number of unvaccinated donors who are willing to donate blood , referring to some of the 150 anti-vaccine protesters gathered outside the court.

“(The baby) is improving. His heart is stable, he is gaining weight and he is happy,” said the lawyer, insisting that the process can be delayed for a few days to obtain blood required by his parents.

NZ Blood specifies on its website that during the collection it does not ask people to indicate if they are vaccinated against covid-19 and that there is no evidence that the blood of vaccinated people poses an added risk.

Likewise, patients cannot choose their own donors in New Zealand, where more than 90 percent of the population over the age of twelve have received the full covid-19 vaccine regimen.

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