Colorado woman previously denied transplant for being unvaccinated finally gets the medical care she needs
By Arsenio Toledo // Aug 02, 2022

Leilani Lutali, who last year was denied kidney transplant surgery because she refused to get the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, finally got the critical operation she needed to save her life.


Lutali, 57, from Colorado, made headlines last year when the UCHealth system refused to approve her kidney transplant surgery until she got vaccinated. Lutali, a born-again Christian with stage five kidney disease that puts her at risk of dying without a new kidney, said that the requirement unfairly pitted her health needs against her religious beliefs. (Related: Hospitals discriminating against unvaccinated organ transplant candidates.)

"As a Christian, I can't support anything that has to do with abortion of babies, and the sanctity of life for me is precious," she said at the time.

UCHealth claimed that the vaccine mandate is necessary because it lowers the risk of contracting the coronavirus as well as being hospitalized and dying from it. The hospital further claimed that transplant patients who contract COVID-19 have a mortality rate that is 20 percent higher than vaccinated transplant patients.

Del Bigtree, during an episode of his show, "The Highwire," noted that the COVID-19 vaccines are actually what is getting in the way of people getting the proper medical care that they need.

"Those that need heart transplants, liver transplants and kidney transplants, the hospital system will deny transplants to the unvaccinated in almost all situations," he commented.

Bigtree further noted that Lutali had already found a willing kidney donor for her who was also unvaccinated, Jaimee Fougner, a woman she met at a Bible study group who had the same blood type as her.

Despite finding a willing donor who did not mind her vaccination status, UCHealth still refused to accommodate Lutali's pressing medical needs.

"They were ready to go, but then the hospital said, 'No, I'm sorry, you're going to die because you won't get a vaccine for what we're calling a deadly virus,'" said Bigtree. "That doesn't make sense."

Lutali and Fougner received necessary medical care in Texas

Lutali and Fougner were given accommodation by a surgeon in Dallas who was willing to consider their case. This opportunity went nowhere though as the surgeon claimed Fougner's left kidney had a few vessels that disqualified her from being a donor.

The two sought a second opinion because they both believed that Fougner's kidneys were perfectly healthy. This is why they attempted to apply for accommodation at the nearby Baylor University Medical Center's kidney transplant surgery center, the Twice Blessed House.

Baylor's medical providers accepted the duo and quickly enrolled them into their system and scheduled the transplant surgery. Their status as unvaccinated individuals never became an issue.

"UCHealth gave me a death sentence," said Lutali. "Baylor gave me a chance [at life]."

Just days following the surgery, Lutali's kidney function immediately skyrocketed from five percent to around 73 percent. The doctors that operated on Lutali and Fougner commented that the latter's kidney was an "overachieving" marvel.

"Without faith in Christ, we would not be sitting here today. We were either going to listen to men or listen to God, and we chose the path of God," said Leilani. She and Fougner have now committed themselves to battling religious and medical discrimination against Christians.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine mandates and policies at

Watch this episode of "The Highwire" with Del Bigtree as he interviews Lutali and Fougner about how they won the battle to get the operation Lutali needed.

This video is from the channel The Highwire with Del Bigtree on

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