A six-month-old baby in Tennessee with a heart defect has finally been added to the waiting list for a transplant, after his deeply religious evangelical parents were left distraught by a doctor’s order that the baby must be vaccinated first.
August Stoll was born in December, and his heart defect was diagnosed when he was 13 days old.
He has spent much of his young life in Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, and in June had heart surgery. But the results were not as expected, his mother, Hannah, said, and doctors said he needed a transplant.
‘Very long story short, the transplant team (specifically Dr. David Bearl) gave us an ultimatum that if we did not give August a series of vaccines, he would keep him off the transplant list,’ wrote Hannah Stoll on June 24, on the website Tennessee Stands, a libertarian and religious organization.
Six-month-old August Stoll is pictured in a photo the family shared on Instagram. The baby is now awaiting a lifesaving heart transplant. It is unclear if he has now been vaccinated: his mother Hannah said he had not been vaccinated against COVID, but did not explain why he was now eligible for a transplant
Hannah and Clint Stoll are seen together in 2011. The couple married in 2010, with Hannah moving from California and working at No Greater Joy projects
‘He specifically used the phrase,’ I am mandating, ‘about 8 times during our first conversation about this.’
She did not specify what vaccines were required, or detail his explanation.
‘The second conversation, I reasoned and debated with him over the insanity of giving my baby vaccines with a huge risk of a negative outcome, on a severely immunosuppressed child on their death bed,’ she wrote.
‘He continued to refuse. I asked him if this was legal. He said no. I asked if this was policy. He said no.
‘Our third conversation (this morning), he came and asked me if I had any more questions. I asked if he changed his mind. He said no. ‘
Hannah, who in 2011 described herself as a ‘California girl’ who moved to Tennessee after falling in love with and marrying Clint Stoll, appears to work at No Greater Joy sentences.
She said that she was adamant August not to be vaccinated.
Hannah and Clint Stoll are pictured with baby August in their GiveSendGo page, fundraising for the medical expenses
August is being treated at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville
‘I firmly believe with absolute confidence that it is despicable, unethical, heartless, and disgusting to withhold a heart from a 6-month-old baby over this,’ she wrote.
‘I believe loading his body on these [vaccines] will kill him. I believe it is within my rights as a parent to choose this for him. I believe that this doctor holding this over us is motivated by ego.
‘As his parents, we have a responsibility to protect our son at all costs. He is dying, and time is of the essence. ‘
Yet on Monday, the family wrote on Instagram that August had now been accepted onto the transplant list.
It was unclear whether they had decided to vaccinate him, or whether the hospital had waived the requirement.
Neither the Stolls, their local aspiring congressman Robby Starbuck, nor the doctor or hospital responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
‘August has been quickly placed on the transplant list,’ the family said.
Dr David Bearl has been treating August Stoll, and said he needed to be vaccinated before he was allowed on a transplant waiting 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. ‘
They said deciding what to do was a deeply traumatic experience.
‘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,’ the family said.
‘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. ‘
They did not specify why August was now cleared for a transplant.
‘Vanderbilt has been clear they are willing to work with us in some ways regarding our beliefs. But we didn’t win this fight.
‘Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital has respected our privacy and it is important we keep the lines of communication open and productive.’
They added: ‘* August will not receive the c * vid V *.’
In previous posts, they begged their supporters to stop sending death threats to the hospital staff.
‘We do not endorse any threat of violence on any staff of Vanderbilt in any way,’ they wrote.
‘We don’t support doxxing in any way. It is unproductive for helping August and despite our strong differences with the transplant team, we do not support harm to others. ‘
One bioethicist and theologian, Charlie Camosy, told Fox News the situation was ‘puzzling’.
Charlie Camosy said the case was ‘puzzling’
Stressing that he didn’t know the detail of the case, he said that some doctors were trying to ‘impose their ideology on parents’.
‘Normally, doctors in the business are trying to protect children,’ he said.
‘But it looked like [the doctor in this case] might’ve been playing some kind of COVID politics with this. ‘
On June 18, the CDC approved COVID vaccines for infants from six months old.
Camosy said that Dr. Bearl should be struck off for forcing the family to vaccinate August.
‘Think about the power imbalance here,’ he said. ‘Think about the desperation this family has felt.
‘That’s a horrible thing.’
Camosy said it was ‘not all that uncommon’ for doctors to impose their views.
‘It’s really, really complicated and that’s what makes this case so difficult,’ he said.