Allow the kidney transplant Amelia Rivera needs to survive
  • Petitioned CHOP: Special needs individuals deserve life-saving transplants

This petition was delivered to:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
CHOP: Special needs individuals deserve life-saving transplants
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Jeffrey D. Kahn
Kidney Program Psychologist
Nataliya Zelikovsky
Chief Executive Officer
Steven M. Altschuler
Kidney Program Social Worker
Caryle Glah
President and Chief Operating Officer
Madeline Bell
Kidney Program Social Worker
Cynthia Green
Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President
Philip R. Johnson
Kidney Program Social Worker
Kimberly Sterner
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Margaret M. Jones
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Stuart P. Sullivan
Kidney Program Attending Staff
Bernard S. Kaplan
Kidney Program Attending Staff
Mary B. Leonard
Kidney Program Attending Physician
Lawrence A. Copelovitch
Kidney Program Attending Staff
Kevin E. C. Meyers
Kidney Program Attending Staff
Madhura Pradhan
Director of Public Relations
George V. Bochanski, Jr.

Allow the kidney transplant Amelia Rivera needs to survive

    1. Sunday Stilwell
    2. Petition by

      Sunday Stilwell

      Owings Mills, MD

August 2012


After more than 50,000 people signed Sunday Stilwell's petition asking the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to allow the life saving transplant four-year-old Amelia Rivera needs to survive, the hospital reversed its earlier decision not to allow the procedure because she is cognitively impaired. Now, Amelia will get the care she needs.

Sunday's petition was covered by USA Today, ABC, Fox News, CBS, TIME, the Washington Post, and more, helping to bring attention to Amelia's story.

"Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign by signing my petition," said Sunday. "Together, we not only made a difference for Amelia, but for every child denied the care they need."

Three year old Amelia Rivera is being denied the right to a life-saving kidney transplant simply because she is cognitively impaired.   

You can read Chrissy Rivera's agonizing story of how they were treated at CHOP here:

Recent signatures


    1. Amelia has received her life-saving kidney transplant and is doing great!

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer
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    2. SUCCESS!! Amelia WILL get her transplant!

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      The best update EVER!

    3. Reached 50,000 signatures
    4. Reached 40,000 signatures
    5. Amelia's parents provide an update and thanks

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      Please click the link below to read

    6. Amelia Rivera, Mentally Disabled, May Get Kidney Transplant After All

      Corinne Ball
      Petition Organizer

      Chrissy Rivera, the mother of the 3-year-old girl who was initially told by a doctor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that he would not recommend a kidney transplant for her mentally disabled daughter, is "hopeful" the hospital will help after an outcry of indignation online.

      More than 37,000 online supporters petitioned after Rivera had blogged about a doctor who called her daughter "mentally retarded" and said he would not recommend transplantation.

    7. Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome Awareness:

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      The Wolf-Hirschhorn Community's update about their site and their message since the #TeamAmelia story went global.

    8. An update from The Rivera's, CHOP, and

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      Please click the link below to read the latest update.

    9. Bill would ban bias in transplants

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      The Courier Post's story on the beginning stages of a bill that would make discriminating against a person with cognitive impairments illegal.

    10. Message from Archbishop Chaput: Amelia Rivera, the disabled and the sanctit

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles Chaput's support of #TeamAmelia and the sanctity of all human life

    11. Parents of disabled girl denied transplant blame doctor, not hospital

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      CBS News' updated story on #TeamAmelia

    12. Raise Your Voice for Dignity!

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      Tim Shriver, CEO and Chairperson for The Special Olympics is supporting #TeamAmelia!

    13. Update: Hospital to Meet with Family of Girl Denied Kidney Transplant

      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer's updated story about #TeamAmelia


      Sunday Stilwell
      Petition Organizer

      National Right To Life News report on #TeamAmelia

    15. Reached 30,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Fay Sampson EUGENE, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Every human being is a child of God and is precious to God. Jesus says that what we do for the least of those among us we do for Jesus (Matthew 25:40).

    • Dawn Martin UPPER DARBY, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because this little girl is running out of time. Age should not matter. We need to save her.

    • Jose Martinez ANNAPOLIS, MD
      • almost 2 years ago

      My cousin has a work permit and is being denied a kidney transplant simply because he is not a US citizen. I want to start a petition myself but I dont know who or where to petition to. My cousin is in the University of Maryland Hospital in Annapolis, M.D. could you help me?

    • Taylor Turner-Lipson SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      My twin brother has kidney failure. This makes me cry just thinking about what this family is going through. HOW DARE THEY. I mean, i knew a majoraty of Childrens doctors are mean, but this?? Not ok.

    • Frank Broz SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Wife Barbara kidney receipient since 1988.

      Extended her life to 19 Dec 2011.


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