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US Hospital Deny Unvaccinated Man Heart Transplant

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A US hospital has refused a heart transplant to a man because he has not received the Covid 19 vaccination.

DJ Ferguson, 31, is suffering from a hereditary heart issue and has been described as’ fighting for his life’ after being denied a heart transplant by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US.

The father of two was reportedly ‘front of the line’ to receive a transplant but has been told he is no longer eligible because he has chosen not to receive the Covid jab.

His father, David Ferguson, told WBZ: “It’s his body. It’s his choice.”

“It’s kind of against his basic principles; he doesn’t believe in it. It’s a policy they are enforcing and because he won’t get the shot, they took him off the list of a heart transplant.

“My son has gone to the edge of death to stick to his guns, and he’s been pushed to the limit.

“I think my boy is fighting pretty courageously and he has integrity and principles he really believes in and that makes me respect him all the more.”

In a statement, Brigham and Women’s Hospital said: “There are currently more than 100,000 candidates on waitlists for organ transplantation and a shortage of available organs.

“Given the shortage of available organs we do everything we can to ensure that a patient who receives a transplanted organ has the greatest chance of survival.

“Like most other transplant programs across the country, the Covid 19 vaccine is one of several vaccines and lifestyles behaviours that are required for patients awaiting solid organ transplant.

“We follow this guidance in order to create both the best chance for a successful operation and also the patients disease-free survival, given that their immune system is suppressed after transplant.

“Research has shown that transplant recipients are at a higher risk of dying from Covid 10 when compared to non- transplant patients. For this reason, experts recommend Covid 19 vaccination before organ transplantation.”

On a GoFundMe fundraiser, Mr Ferguson’s family have said: “Despite the decision of the transplant board, he is in the best place possible. His nurses and doctors have been nothing but compassionate and amazing to him.

“Please keep him in your thoughts. We are all rooting for you. You’ve got this.”

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot

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One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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McDonald’s Mondays: How to get a 99p Quarter Pounder Today

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Fans of McDonald’s can enjoy some breakfast and lunch meals for just 99p today as the fast food chain slashes its prices for one day only, marking the return of McDonald’s Mondays.

The fast-food chain’s regular McMuffin will be reduced from £2.29 to just 99p during the breakfast window, which ends at 11am.

Quarter pounders with cheese will also be available for less than £1 on the lunch menu, saving customers £2.20!

The deal is limited to one per person and is only available via the offers section of the McDonald’s app until midnight.

Then just choose how you would like to collect your order via Drive-thru, click and serve, takeaway or in a restaurant.

The cheap deals come as part of McDonald’s weekly Monday offer, which returns today (9 May).

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Dave Chappelle: US Comedian Attacked on Stage in Los Angeles

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US stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage on Tuesday during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

After returning to the stage on Tuesday, the 48-year-old made light of the controversy, suggesting to the audience that the attacker “was a trans man”. Chappelle faced criticism and protests last year when his Netflix special was accused of being transphobic.

According to ABC journalist Stephanie Wash, fellow comic Chris Rock – who was slapped on stage by Will Smith at the Oscars in March – then came on stage with Chappelle. It was said an attacker “lunged” at the comedian as he headlined the event, sending him “flying in the air”.

She said: “It looked like someone was dashing across the stage from the side. He fell backwards on to his back, with his arms and legs up in the air. He was obviously in shock. We were all in shock.

“I thought for a moment OK, is this a prank? Because they had made some Will Smith jokes. Even though Chris Rock was there, Dave was making some jokes, it was fair game, right?”

LAPD confirmed they had taken a man into custody and that he was armed with a replica gun “that can eject a knife blade” when discharged correctly. It is unclear if the man tried to use the weapon.

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