Heartbreaking update on Dazelle Peters, the New South Wales teenager who refused a life-saving lung transplant because she refused the Covid vaccine
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Heartbreaking update on Dazelle Peters, the New South Wales teenager who refused a life-saving lung transplant because she refused the Covid vaccine

Written by Pranav Harish for Daily Mail Australia

14:04 June 11, 2024, update 15:34 June 11, 2024

A teenager with cancer who was denied a life-saving lung transplant because she refused the Covid vaccine has died.

Dazelle Peters, 17, who was diagnosed with leukemia four years ago, lost her fight for life in hospital on Monday morning.

This was confirmed by her father, Josh Peters heartbreaking news in a video uploaded to several social media platforms.

He thanked everyone who sent messages of support for Dazelle during her long battle with cancer, which sparked an outpouring of tributes.

Dazelle Peters (pictured), 17, who was diagnosed with leukemia and required life-saving treatment, died in hospital on Monday

“Just know that Dazelle knew how much you all loved her,” he said.

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“This kid was special and deserved better.”

Hundreds of people took to social media to remember Dazelle and express their sympathy.

“Rest in peace, Dazelle. I express my condolences to you and your family,” one person wrote.

“Dazelle, I admired you for your courage, strength and the unconditional love you shared with so many people,” another person said.

Australian boxer George Kambosos Jr, who met Dazelle in hospital, shared an emotional post on X.

“RIP, beautiful Dazelle. I offer my sincere condolences to her family. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Dazelle, I will never forget you, you will be an inspiration to everyone you have ever met. God bless your parents who were there for you when you finally spread your wings. Life can be cruel,” he wrote.

Hundreds of people took to social media, including Australian boxer George Kambosos Jr (left), to express their sadness following the death of Dazelle (center) in hospital

Fellow Australians have paid tribute to the teenager for sticking to her beliefs and not taking the Covid-19 vaccine, even as that decision limited her treatment options.

“Young Dazelle Peters was more principled and brave than most Australians. Great respect to her for persevering to the end of her principles, despite the costs. An honorable example for Australians,” wrote one of them.

Dazelle required a double lung transplant to help treat leukemia, which is a type of blood cancer.

However, she was denied treatment because she refused to take the four required Covid-19 vaccines.

She underwent a bone marrow transplant in May 2021 and suffered from graft-versus-host disease, in which her immune system attacks donor blood cells.

She also developed a rare form of pneumonia, which experts at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney say means Dazelle is immunocompromised and requires vaccination.

Peters previously claimed that a doctor at the hospital told his daughter that if she did not get vaccinated and then caught the virus, she would be a “serious threat to everyone (at the hospital) who does the right thing.”

“We felt they didn’t want to give her a lung transplant,” Peters, 45, previously told Daily Mail Australia.

Peters claimed that during the consultation at St Vincent’s Hospital, the doctor also said the hospital would donate the lungs to a better candidate because Dazelle was a “complex case”.

The hospital said Dazelle’s vaccination status contributed to her not being placed on the lung transplant waiting list, but there were other reasons for the decision.

Josh Peters (right) previously claimed a doctor at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney said Dazelle would pose a risk to other people in the hospital if she was not vaccinated

A hospital spokesman previously said its “policy and guidelines do not support transplantation” of an unvaccinated person.

“Vaccination status against various infections is a key element of this assessment to ensure optimal survival prospects after transplantation,” said a spokesman for St. Vincent.

Dazelle’s case came to the attention of federal deputy health minister Ged Kearney in a letter addressed to her by outspoken Liberal MP Russell Broadbent.

Ms Kearney advised that “the Australian Government cannot intervene in clinical decisions”.

“An individual’s priority and treatment is ultimately a clinical decision made by the treating hospital and transplant teams involved,” she said.

She explained that there is no official order prohibiting unvaccinated people from undergoing transplants.

“The guidance does not prevent a patient who has not received a Covid-19 vaccine from being placed on the transplant waiting list,” Ms Kearney said.

She also said each state and territory was responsible “for the delivery of health services under its jurisdiction, including hospital and transplant services.”

Dazelle’s family said that although the doctor described Dazelle as a “complex” case, she was encouraged to “do the right thing” and get vaccinated, and it would take nine months for the vaccine to be administered to ensure the safety of other patients and staff.

Federal Deputy Health Minister Ged Kearney said the government cannot “intervene in clinical decisions” about Dazelle’s health (pictured)
A spokesman for St Vincent’s Hospital said “policy and guidance do not support transplantation” of an unvaccinated person

The nightmare for the Peter family began when Dazelle was found lying in her bedroom and later returned to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.

Although the severity of her condition decreased as Dazelle was treated in hospital, the toll that various treatments had taken on her body over several years had damaged Dazelle’s kidneys, liver and heart.

Peters previously told Daily Mail Australia that Dazelle made her own decision not to get the Covid vaccine.

“Dazelle made it clear she didn’t want the stabbings,” Peters said.

“We can’t force her and the hospital knows they can’t force her.”

According to the TGA, Covid-19 vaccines may cause some side effects.

The most commonly reported are injection site reactions (such as arm pain) and more general symptoms such as headache, muscle pain, fever and chills.

Australian government health guidance shows Covid-19 vaccines are safe for people with long-term health conditions.

Patients receiving end-of-life care are at high risk of serious illness from the virus.

Cancer patients in Australia can decide whether or not they want to get the vaccine, and they can make this decision together with their healthcare professionals.

Mr Peters (pictured center with daughter Dazelle) said she had made it clear she did not want to receive Covid vaccines