Parents of three year old Amelia Rivera of Philadelphia are outraged after a Doctor has refused to perform surgery on their young daughter who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Wolf – Hirschhorn syndrome. Rivera needs a kidney transplant to survive. According to Chrissy Rivera, Amelia’s mother, a doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) refused to give her daughter the operation because Amelia was “mentally retarded.” The Rivera’s told the Doctor they would find a match for their daughter and therefore it would not be necessary to place the young child on a donor list. Rivera’s claim the Doctor would still not perform the operation, even if the couple found their own donor. The CHOP stated they can not publicly comment on individual cases. Full article.
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