Colorado Hospital Denies Woman Life-Saving Kidney Transplant Because She’s ‘Unvaccinated’

UCHealth waited till the last minute to inform her, then called her ‘non-complaint’ for not being vaccinated

Credit: Leilani Lutali and Jaimee Fougner


A Colorado woman with stage 5 renal failure was months away from getting a new kidney. Now, she and her donor are looking for another hospital after learning UCHealth’s new policy.

According to UCHealth, the majority of transplant recipients and living donors are now required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Neither woman has received their shots.

Leilani Lutali met her donor, Jaimee Fougner, in Bible study just 10 months ago.

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