News – FR – “So it will sting and there you have it ”: for heart transplant recipients, vaccination is a relief


“This will change our lives At least I’m not afraid of dying anymore”At Strasbourg hospital, some 150 heart transplant recipients or patients awaiting transplants received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday, a relief for these particularly vulnerable patients

“When we have had a heart transplant, we have already almost died, so to die from the Covid behind, that would be stupid”, considers Cécile Vincent, with a happy look “There I will finally be able to breathe and tell myself that even if I catch it, I will not end up in intensive care”, continues the 46-year-old Mulhousian, who came this Saturday morning to the New Civil Hospital (NHC) in Strasbourg to receive her second dose of vaccine

Having a heart transplant in 2014 at the age of 40 due to a degenerative genetic disease, this mother of an 11-year-old child remained at home “locked up from March 1 to July 10” and then again in from October to protect yourself as much as possible from Covid-19 contamination “If we are vaccinated so quickly, it is thanks to the medical team”, underlines, gratefully, Cécile Vincent, head of community life in the city of Mulhouse

Heart transplant recipients or waiting for a transplant, patients come to three surgical consultation rooms to receive their injection of Moderna vaccine

“We have organized this so that the patients we are monitoring can be vaccinated as quickly as possible”, explains Dr Éric Epailly, hospital practitioner, medical manager of the heart and cardiopulmonary transplant program at the University Hospitals of Strasbourg (HUS)

The first dose was injected into them on January 23, a vital issue for patients forced to take anti-rejection drugs for life which weaken them in the face of infections “If they catch this virus, they have a 20% to 25% risk of death,” says Dr. Éric Epailly, compared with the 0.4% in the general population “They live in this permanent anguish These are patients who have self-contained “since the start of the epidemic, adds the doctor

“So it will sting and There you go ” In seconds, Dr Epailly vaccinated Marc Neef, 56 For three years, this cook has been on a waiting list for a heart-lung transplant “Until I have the transplant, it’s survival,” explains the man who breathes with the help of a machine Epidemic or not, “I’m more or less confined anyway, I can’t move too much”, he blows But being vaccinated could allay the fears of those close to him who are afraid of infecting him and allow him to see his granddaughter again

The Cardio-Greffes association took care of contacting the people monitored by Dr. Éric Epailly’s service to suggest that they come to be vaccinated at the NHC Some refused “We are here to lend a hand”, explains Élisabeth Aehmig, highlighter in hand and list of patients under the eyes.

Leaning on her colorful cane, Marie-Odile Schwaertzel, 70, walks slowly towards Dr. Éric Epailly “The first time it went well, the second it is going to be good too,” she told him, pulling up her sweater. She received a heart transplant in 2012 and then a kidney transplant, just coming out of five weeks of radiation therapy after a tumor was discovered on her birth kidney

Since the start of the epidemic, she never went out, saw no one “It was hard, but hey, that’s how it is, what do you want () Now it’s okay, I got the second (vaccine), I’m happy, “she said She comes out of the room with a yellow paper indicating the time of the injection and must now wait fifteen minutes before leaving, to make sure there is no allergic reaction

Being vaccinated “takes away some anxiety from them, but of course they will keep the barrier measures until we are done with this virus”, explains Dr. Éric Epailly Behind her mask, Cécile Vincent has little intention of letting her guard down “I will continue to be careful to protect others more than myself”, she remarks. “And that changes everything”

Covid-19 contaminations remain high, 3,600,000 cases have been identified But the vaccination campaign continues in France with 66,917 injections carried out in 24 hours

Heart transplantation, Organ transplantation, Vaccine

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