Skip Nav
Personal Essay
How Having a (Much) Younger Sibling Changed My Life
Kid-Friendly Recipes
Get Popping With These 15 Kid-Friendly Popcorn Recipes
Kid-Friendly Recipes
15 Valentine's Day Cookies Your Kids Are Going to L-O-V-E

Parents of Disabled Girl Fight for a Kidney Transplant

Parents of Disabled Girl Fight for a Kidney Transplant

Our hearts go out to the Rivera family in Philadelphia. After meeting with some initial resistance, they are now in talks with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) over a kidney transplant their 3-year-old daughter needs to survive.

The Huffington Post explains that the hospital's reluctance is about weighing factors "such as life expectancy and health conditions, before placing anyone on organ waiting lists." The Rivera's daughter, Amelia, has a rare disability called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which caused mental retardation and created the conditions for kidney failure. The doctor who discovered Wolf-Hirschhorn says that while a transplant will prolong Amelia's life, it will not save her.

Though the Riveras have volunteered to find their own organ donor, Amelia's mom, Chrissy, blogged on January 12th that the hospital still informed them that they would not be willing to perform the surgery on their daughter "because of her mental delays." The hospital says that this is not true, and, as CBS News reports, Rivera has since "declined to comment further, saying she likes CHOP and is still hoping for a happy ending in her daughter’s case."

ADVERTISEMENT

Many parents and bloggers have signed a petition demanding that the hospital relent, and it now includes over 21,000 signatures. On Monday the hospital contacted the Rivera family to talk about the surgery again.

Read the whole story (Huffington Post)

Image Source: via Huffington Post

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Grade-School Girls Get Book Deal
Parent Turns to Craigslist to Help Son Lose Virginity
Missouri Safe Haven Law Changes
My Little Pony Gets Makeover
Teen Saves Girl From Kidnapper
Mom Unexpectedly Gives Birth to Baby Boy
Young Cancer Patient Gets Pizza Party

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds