6 month old August Stoll is on life support in critical need if a heart transplant and is being denied approval solely based on his vaccination status. On top of his critical condition and being born without a spleen, he is SEVERELY immune compromised and in NO way should be vaccinated in this state.

To be clear: the vaccines are not being required because it will help or improve his chance during the transplant. They are only being required for him to be worthy of a heart. They do not want to waste a heart on an unvaccinated child.

Please help by respectfully voicing your concern to the Medical Center Admin at (615)322-6154

August's life is on the line, so please, be respectful and let them know that not saving August's life violates the core of what doctors are supposed to do - "Do No Harm". 

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August's Story:

Born December 8th, 2021 August was living a normal, healthy, loving life. He continued on this path for the first 12 days of his life. On December 20th at 13 days old, August became unresponsive, pale, limp and eventually stopped breathing. He was rushed to urgent care by his mother, who were then both life-flighted to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. They were able to revive August with seconds to spare.

That day he was taken through many tests and put on a ventilator with a lot of tubes and wires in him. August's Cardiologist informed us that he had the worst heart defect she has seen in her practice and his life would look very different from here on out. The Doctor informed us that he would be going through many open heart surgeries and that he is also immunocompromised for life because he is missing his spleen.

On Christmas Eve August's ventilator came out and he was successfully breathing on his own. His mother, Hannah was able to hold him again on Christmas day. Before this he was having hourly episodes of him freaking out and his heart rate dramatically dropping. His "SAT" dropped into the 30s one of the episodes.

Late Christmas night air had begun filling in his intestines due to his blood pressure. This was able to be drained several hours later. August then had to go 6 days without food because of his episodes of air filling and putting his numbers into dangerous levels. 
 
January 2nd he was introduced to food again and it went well. We found out at this point that his main diagnosis is single ventricle heart (also known as half a heart) and heterotaxy. There's about 6 other defects beneath that umbrella that are considered a rare combo. But he's a fighter! 
 
Early February we were told August could come home after 7.5 weeks of being in the hospital before he would need his first surgery. 
 
He was home for about 12 weeks before he had an episode and was taken to the ER. He had a high fever, his lungs were filling, he was throwing up bile and his oxygen levels were very low despite being given oxygen. The doctors were able to reverse this and he was doing much better. 
 

Home for another week until he needed to be airlifted to Vanderbilt for the second time. They were able to stable him out and he was able to come home shortly after. 

August remained home until his heart surgery on June 8th. Initially August's heart surgery was a success. Although, a few hours into his recovery he began having complications. The doctors had to preform emergency surgery and open August's chest again. He remained open in his room for a few days to relieve the pressure the was causing complications from his surgery. 

They were able to close August's chest up on June 13th. The tests that were run following have given us bad news and what looked like improvement on the outside is not reflecting that on the inside. It was then determined that August would need a life saving heart transplant.

#fightforaugust