Those who make fun of people who have not gotten the COVID vaccination rarely consider that many choose not to get vaccinated because of the health risks associated with the COVID vaccine, its lightly-studied nature, or because of valid religious, philosophical, or health-related objections. They choose to dehumanize, villainize. Perhaps now that a cardiologist who said he “won’t cry” for dead unvaccinated people died in his sleep after his COVID booster, they may consider that some objections to the vaccine may just be valid after all.
Earlier this year, 52-year-old cardiologist Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial called those who choose not to get jabbed in the arm “selfish” and said he won’t cry at their funerals:
Lutchmedial promoted vaccines heavily, calling them “undeniably safe” for children. But on October 24, he got his COVID booster — which is now widely available for adults. And three weeks later, he was dead. CBC reports:
A prominent New Brunswick cardiologist has died, leaving behind a large gap in the system and the community, colleagues say.
Dr. Sohrab Lutchmedial dedicated more than 20 years to the New Brunswick Heart Centre and the care of patients suffering from heart disease, said a statement from the staff of the New Brunswick Heart Centre.
“It is with profound sadness that we report the sudden and unexpected death of a colleague, friend, father, partner and inspiring spirit,” the statement says.
“It was sudden, unexpected for all of us. He was actually on call yesterday morning,” says Jean-François Légaré, the head of cardiac surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Centre. “I think all of us are having a hard time just sort of grasping at the size of the loss … We chatted with him on the weekend about plans and things we were going to do, you know, in the next few weeks, few months for the heart centre.”
The close proximity of his doctor’s demise and his vaccination will, of course, need to be studied before we can definitively say the booster shot was responsible. But we can’t rule it out — and that’s the problem. We currently face vaccine mandates and dehumanization of those who don’t have the vaccine. But people simply want to make sure they are safe before taking the leap.
Lutchmedial’s death, despite the hatred he showed toward the unvaccinated, was tragic. But perhaps liberals will look at it as a reason some of us may be cautious about getting the jab.