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Nine-year-old Tanner Donaldson was born with a defect called posterior urethral valves. It's a valve that blocks urine from exiting the body. He was also born with only one kidney and it only functions between 18-20%. Tanner's dad Dane is a nearly perfect match but he can't donate since he's unvaccinated. The Cleveland Clinic, where Tanner has been under the care of a doctor since birth, is requiring that Dane get vaccinated before they can do the transplant.
Watch the video below or read the New 5 Cleveland story here and then we'll take a peek into how they got here.
I really thought that I'd already seen some of the worst in people during this pandemic. It looks like I haven't as this one is the icing on the cake. I can't even begin to fathom not getting vaccinated if that meant I couldn't donate my kidney to my child who needs it. I'd give an arm or a leg and even my life if that meant saving my child.
Let's take a little journey through the Donaldsons' Facebook feeds. Jennifer Donaldson (Tanner's mother) is quite vocal and shares a lot of anti-mask and anti-vaccine content.
She stands for Medical FreeDUMB! Here's a gallery of some of the Facebook profile frames she showcased during the pandemic.
She was right about one thing. She's definitely exposing her friends not only to extremist content but to conspiracy-ridden stories, too.
This is a small taste of anti-vaxx content from both Dane and Jennifer's FB feed.
Jennifer is on a crusade and pushing for legislation (HB248) that would ban any vaccination mandates in Ohio. HB248 claims to be an anti-discrimination act.
Last week, Jennifer sat down with Jim Renacci, candidate for Governor of Ohio, to discuss the importance of her so-called "medical freeDUMB". Jim Renacci shared a link to her story that was featured in the online publication, UnCoverDC. This online publication promotes election fraud and a ton of misinformation around COVID.
Our HCAz readers always say it best. "If you trusted medical experts with medical treatments on your son's kidney for the past 9 years and you're trusting them to cut you open and take out your kidney, you're trusting them to operate on your son and put his father's kidney in your son's body but you don’t trust them with a vaccine that has been given to over 3 billion people around the world". Make it make sense!
We'll have to wait and see how all of this plays out. I hope that Jennifer & Dane change their minds and get vaccinated so Dane can donate that almost perfectly matched kidney to his young son.