Steven Rensch
4 min readJan 26, 2022


The Life and Death Dilemma We Knew Was Coming Is Here.

And We Are All Going To Have To Choose A Side.

There is a man right now, in a Boston hospital, who is on the verge of death. Although D J Ferguson is not particularly old (31), his heart has given out, and without a transplant, he will be gone soon.

He seems like a pretty good guy. And I have to feel sympathy for him. And even more for his family. He and his wife have two young children and one more on the way.

The hospital has refused to do the transplant.

The hospital has an established policy that they will not do major surgery on someone whose chances of survival are minimal, and this includes people who have not been vaccinated against Covid.

The hospital’s decision is not political. Hospital officials have explained, and apparently other doctors have affirmed this position, that major surgery depletes the patient’s immune system to the point where a flu and even a cold and certainly Covid can kill them.

Many hospitals throughout the country have the same policy.

The hospital made the choice in favor of its healthier patients, the ones with the greatest chance of survival. So those who are vaccinated are more likely to be nominated for the transplant than those who are not vaccinated.

The family, of course, is desperate and indignant. To quote D J’s father, “It’s his body, so it’s his choice.”

CBS covered the story. Thankfully, they did not really take a side. But you know that, just like the abortion issue, everyone else is going to do so.

Though it is hardly a moment for humor, there are some interesting ironies here. I’m sure most of you caught the fact that the father used the same words used by pro-choice women and mocked by conservatives in the abortion context. It is also ironic to see a Republican, the party that has consistently disregarded people in desperate situations, now in that same place himself.

And unlike the poor, single women who have been tortured by Congress, D J could get himself out of his situation simply by agreeing to the shot.

He does not do so because of his principles.

I’ve never been quite sure what the anti-vax principles are. They certainly are not constitutional. And all nations must make sacrifices in extreme times.



Steven Rensch

Attorney,, teacher, counselor, coach; maverick in most groups; lots of kids and grandkids;;