Greece to Operate on Child Like Germany, Israel Denies Unvaccinated Parents – Greek City Times
A three-year-old boy who needs heart therapy but was refused entry to Germany because his parents were not vaccinated and will now be flown to Greece on Saturday.
The three-year-old is due to be flown by air ambulance to Athens at midday to receive treatment at the Mitera Pediatric Clinic by Dr Giorgos Sarris.
The case attracted media attention as it emerged that the hospital in Germany which had previously treated the child had turned the patient away because his parents were not vaccinated.
Efforts were then made to have the boy receive treatment in Israel, but they also refused entry to unvaccinated parents.
The parents finally proceeded with the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, but it was reported on Friday that there were concerns they would have to wait another three weeks for their second dose to be eligible to enter in Germany.
According to the head of the pediatric clinic at Makarios Hospital, Dr Avraam Elia, where the child is hospitalized, both parents received a dose of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday to enable them to seek treatment for their child.
It would be ideal for the child, who suffers from a serious heart condition, to be transferred to Germany, where he underwent his first operation in July last year, Elia said earlier on Friday morning.
So far, “the child’s general condition is stable,” the doctor said.
The boy was due to be flown by air ambulance to Germany on Thursday for an operation at a specialist hospital.
However, the overseas hospital canceled the procedure, insisting they can only accept her parents if they are vaccinated.
Commenting on the case, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said he was “saddened” that the child was denied treatment because his parents were not vaccinated.
He added that the Ministry of Health respects the measures applied in other countries and assured them that it had done everything it could in this case to find a solution.
Attempts have been made to have the child accompanied by a vaccinated third party, but these have failed as children must be accompanied by their guardians in such cases.