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: http://www.wolfhirschhorn.org/2012/01/amelia/brick-walls/
I am urging Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to allow the kidney transplant Amelia Rivera needs to live.
In a meeting with the transplant doctor, Dr. H. Jorge Baluarte and her parents, Amelia was denied the right to a life-saving kidney transplant based on her diagnosis of "mental retardation".
I am shocked and angered by the fact that an individual has been denied the right to the transplant that will save her life based solely on her IQ level.
It is my sincere hope you will read Chrissy Rivera's post about the way she was treated by Dr. Baluarte and a member of the social work staff and that you will do the right thing and reconsider the decision of two members of your staff and allow her life-saving transplant to be completed:
Please know that the special needs community will not stand idly by as one of our own is discriminated against in this manner. We will not stop advocating for Amelia Rivera, and children like her, until she receives the transplant she deserves.