Amelia Rivera is home after receiving a kidney transplant. According to USA Today the surgery was done at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where her family previously complained she had previously been denied being considered for a transplant because of her intellectual disability due to Wolf-Hirschorn syndrome. The surgery took place July 3, 2013.The hospital reconsidered the decision after national attention to the case. The case is important for all families of children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities. There may be legitimate medical reasons for not providing medical treatments, but treatments should not be denied simply because a patient has intellectual disabilities.
For more information from Amelia’s mom, Chrissy Rivera, see http://wolfhirschhorn.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Amelia-Rivera-Yea.jpg