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February 23, 2012

Hospital Apologizes for Treatment

A Philadelphia hospital is sorry for allegedly refusing Amelia Rivera a transplant because of her mental challenge.  Hospital representatives reportedly refused her because she was “mentally retarded.”  This decision outraged Amelia’s support system as well as the general public.

“As an organization, we regret that we communicated in a manner that did not clearly reflect our policies or intent and apologize for the Riveras’ experience,” said Michael Apkon, senior vice president and chief medical officer at the hospital. “We are completely committed to the careful review of our processes and written material to ensure that we are sensitive to the needs of all families, including the specific needs of families of children with disabilities.”

The Riveras were called to the hospital to discuss the transplant.  However, no decisions have been finalized.  This case made national headlines.

Despite the bad experience, Amelia’s parents state they have a lot of respect for the hospital.  They also stated that they hope their story will increase the medical community’s sensitivity toward people with physical/mental challenges.  Hospital representatives continued to state they don’t discriminate against treating a patient because of mental challenge.

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