Saving lives includes the lives of those with disabilities!
Transplant centers cannot be allowed to play God. They cannot be allowed to turn away medical treatment from those they deem unworthy. They cannot be allowed to discriminate against those children and adults with developmental delay or intellectual impairment. This includes allowing a kidney transplants for all the other individuals with cognitive disabilities in need of transplants. We demand UNOS insist that transplant centers not include cognition and/or intellectual abilities in criteria for transplants. We demand that the US government outlaw such discrimination and we demand that all transplant centers treat people with disabilities fairly and with respect as they move them towards the same life saving surgeries others are allows to have.
- United Network for Organ Sharing
Walter K. Graham Executive Director
- The Joint Commission
Office of Quality Monitoring
- U.S. House of Representatives
I just signed the following petition addressed to: UNOS and all USA transplant centers.
I believe that all transplant centers should allow lifesaving medical procedures for people with developmental delays. Cognitive ability or disability should not be a factor transplant teams consider for eligibility.
I believe this because transplant centers cannot be allowed to play God. They cannot be allowed to turn away medical treatment from those they deem unworthy. They cannot be allowed to discriminate against those children or adults with developmental delay or intellectual impairment.
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