Nerissa Regnier, 45, who had M.S., passed away in December from complications due to COVID-19 after being denied the vaccine and monoclonal antibody treatment.
Her family is now suing Kaiser Permanente after doctors refused to give her the vaccine despite continued requests.
Husband Devin Regnier, and their three children, announced they are filing a wrongful death suit against a Kaiser Permanente hospital for refusing the vaccine and then denying her monoclonal antibody treatment after she became infected, according to ABC 7.
The family’s attorney, Annee Della Donna, said that last February, Regnier was placed on a new regimen of medication for the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis.
Regnier was told the three COVID-19 vaccines were not an option for her because they contained a “live virus,” a statement that is not valid.
“None of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. contain a live virus. mRNA and viral vector vaccines are the two types of currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines available,” according to the CDC.
Attorneys say Regnier asked for the vaccine seven times over the next six months but continued to be told she could not receive a live vaccine with each request.
Della Donna claims that Kaiser Permanente did not give her proper medical care. The healthcare provider gave her antibiotics and steroids and denied her monoclonal antibody treatment.
“When you’re immunocompromised, you need the COVID-19 vaccine,” Della Donna said.
In August, Regnier contacted her neurologist, who told her she needed the vaccine.
“Two days later, she runs over to Kaiser to get the COVID vaccine, and she’s feeling symptoms, so they test her, and she’s got COVID,” Della Donna said.
Regnier’s husband took her to nearby Hoag Memorial Hospital for treatment. According to the family’s legal team, she was told it was too late for the monoclonal antibody treatment when they arrived.
Della Donna said that Regnier was stabilized at Hoag and then taken back to Kaiser, where she later died.
All of those around her knew Regnier as a healthy individual who lived a normal life. She kept her M.S. under control with two infusions of medicine a year.
On Wednesday, the family gathered together for a conference to announce the impending suit to spread the word that even people with compromised immune systems should get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“This is a public service announcement. If you’re told you shouldn’t get the vaccine because it’s a live vaccine, that’s just flat-out wrong,” Della Donna said.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society recommends patients with M.S. get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect their health.