An American student was denied admission to her dream university after the institution denied her admission because she was not vaccinated with the experimental vaccine for COVID-19 for medical reasons that could cause her to become paralyzed and even die.
Olivia Sandor had always hoped to attend Brigham Young University in Hawaii, but a mandate that students must be vaccinated against the virus to be admitted kept her from that possibility. The institution rejected her request for an exemption because of a life-threatening medical condition that could put her life at risk if she is vaccinated.
The 18-year-old told her story on Fox News’ Hannity on Monday, July 19, explaining that in February 2019, after receiving a vaccine, she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) that left her paralyzed from the waist down for more than a month. Hence, her doctors advised her not to take the experimental, non-FDA-approved COVID vaccine.
Sandor recovered from her GBS paralysis in a hospital bed thanks to what she considers a miracle from God. However, she said that because of her condition, she “cannot be vaccinated” because it could cause her “permanent paralysis, and possibly death if it spread up my body.”
“This is not a choice for me,” Sandor said. “I do not want to relapse and have another episode of Guillain-Barre.” “It’s really, truly not worth it to me,” she added.
Brigham Young University (BYU) Hawaii announced mandatory vaccinations for all students in June. It denied Sander admission, rejecting her exemption letter weeks later, despite the $200,000 in scholarships she had already been awarded.
The student said she has “nowhere to turn” after receiving the denial and losing a crucial financial scholarship.
Olivia and her family contacted the BYU Hawaii director, who said her case would be reviewed again by the medical board. But the medical exemption for the vaccine was once again denied.
“Again, I was devastated, but at the same time, I felt peace,” the young woman shared on Instagram.
Fox News contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier joined the conversation to explain that Guillain-Barré syndrome can be triggered by COVID (the CCP Virus) vaccine and said she understands the young woman’s fear despite the risk of contracting the virus.
She said: “Despite what the internet says, I truly believe that the vaccine is not meant for me, she said. “And if you feel that it’s necessary for you to get vaccinated, then by all means; I have nothing against you. But I do not feel that those with medical exemptions should be pushed to have this vaccine.”
After Sandor’s statements racked up more than 160,000 likes on TikTok and more than 32,000 likes on Instagram, BYU Hawaii shared a post on Instagram saying that questions and comments regarding the COVID-19 vaccination policy should be directed to the school “to help mainstream communication in light of recent events on social media,” as reported by Christian Post.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) data indicated that 100 people developed GBS after receiving the J&J vaccine. An FDA official further said that of the 100 cases, 95 were labeled as serious, requiring hospitalization, and at least one person died.