January 19, 2012
No Treatment for Girl Due to Challenge
Chrissy Rivera expressed anger at a Philadelphia hospital for denying her daughter a kidney transplant. The reason is supposedly because she has a mental challenge. Rivera wrote about her daughter’s story in a blog post, and since then 18,000+ have signed an online petition calling for the hospital to reverse its decision.
Rivera’s daughter has a mental challenge that affects one in 50,000 people. Her challenge impacts her cognitive function. She may experience seizures as a result of this condition.
“We are in the year 2012 and my child still does not have the right to live, the right to a transplant, because she is developmentally delayed,” Rivera wrote.
Representatives at the hospital stated that they don’t turn away anyone because of a physical/mental challenge. The hospital’s Facebook page has received a lot of backlash from angry parents. This is prompting the doctor who denied the transplant to talk to the Riveras about having the transplant.
Medical unfairness: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/01/17/claim-girl-transplant/14777/