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CORRECTED HEADLINE: Make-a-Wish Did NOT Deny Wish to 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient Over Vaccination Status

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Editor’s Note: The original version of this story falsely stated that Make-a-Wish denied a 4-year-old cancer patient over his vaccination status. A fact check from Lead Stories found that “The charity’s medical team had ruled out air travel and large group settings for unvaccinated and critically ill children, which is why the charity’s staff asked the boy to make a wish other than flying his family to Disney World.” The Charity asked the boy to simply make another wish. We have corrected our headlines and regret the error.

The Make A Wish Foundation has drawn the ire of many after it denied the wish of a child because of his vaccination status.

Rocco DiMaggio, a 4-year-old cancer patient, was denied his wish to go to Disneyworld because he is not vaccinated.

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Now we are not certain if the foundation, or Disneyworld, has heard, but four-year-olds are not even eligible for the vaccination yet.

But this is the residue of the one size fits all medical apparatus we are now dealing with, Todd Starnes reported.

“It was a punch in the gut,” his mom said to Newsmax of the organization’s policy that led to canceling the Disneyworld trip.

“They were ready to move forward with Rocco’s wish,” she said, until the person from the Foundation asked if everyone in the family was vaccinated, to which she responded they were not.

The child has already had COVID two times and is immunocompromised so his mom is not even certain she would give him the vaccine if she could.

But that is beside the point. The child is fighting for is life and all he wants is to go to Disneyworld and this organization, which is supposed to be about making kid’s wishes come true, denied him because he did not get a medical treatment he is not even allowed to get.

It would be akin to them denying him for not having a driver’s license. He cannot get one even if he and his parents wanted him to get it.

“However, two organizations, Wigs & Wishes and Millenium Systems International, are teaming up to make Rocco’s wish come true later this year — just in time for his fifth birthday,” Starnes said, because there is still some sanity in this insane world.

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“Looks like I need to find a different charity to support. And this was one that I had always believed had the best interest of kids,” on Twitter user said.

“Who are these garbage people and how did they rise to a position where they can make such disgraceful decisions?” another said.

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In October some European nations suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine in those 30 years of age or less because of the rare side effect of potential heart inflammation, NBC News reported.

Sweden suspended the use of Moderna for those recipients under 30, Denmark said those under 18 won’t be offered the Swiss-made vaccine, and Norway urged those under 30 to get the Pfizer vaccine instead.

The countries have adequate supplies of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and will be able to continue their vaccination campaigns…

All three countries based their decision on an unpublished study with Sweden’s Public Health Agency saying that it signals “an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium” — the double-walled sac containing the heart and the roots of the main vessels. It added: “The risk of being affected is very small.”

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Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s chief epidemiologist, said they “follow the situation closely and act quickly to ensure that vaccinations against COVID-19 are always as safe as possible and at the same time provide effective protection” against the disease.

The preliminary information from the Nordic study has been sent to the European Medicines Agency’s adverse reaction committee to be assessed.

The study was conducted by Denmark’s Statens Serum Institut, a government agency that maps the spread of the coronavirus in the country; the Medical Products Agency in Sweden; Norway’s National Institute of Public Health; and the Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland. The final results were expected in about a month, said Bolette Soeborg of the Danish government health agency.

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