Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CHOP reviewing transplant eligibility of Amelia Rivera

The parents of a girl who was allegedly denied a kidney transplant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia because of her intellectual disability say they've won a review of her case.

In this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Riveras say they met with hospital staff on Friday "after which they were given instructions on how to proceed with a possible transplant -- including how to have family members tested as potential donors."

Chrissy Rivera said her daughter Amelia's chart initially had the words 'mental retardation' listed as a reason not to do the transplant and that those words have been removed. However, Amelia's case need to be reviewed to see if she is a good medical candidate.


Thank you so much for keeping us updated. This whole situation sparked so much fire on the internet -- I even got involved quite personally with a person who deeply disturbed many of us caring for children with intellectual disabilities. I look forward to seeing how the Rivera case plays out --