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Hospital Declares Amelia Rivera Ineligible for a Transplant says she is "Mentally Retarded"?

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The parents of Amelia Rivera, a disabled three-old girl who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant and has been trending over social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, gaining thousands of online supporters, have met once again with a Philadelphia hospital about getting a kidney transplant for her, but they don't know if she will get it.

As reported in USA Today, Chrissy Rivera of Stratford, N.J., wrote a blog post earlier this month about a meeting she had with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and said that a doctor and social worker declared Amelia ineligible for a transplant because she is "mentally retarded."

The emotional blog post inspired more than 37,000 people to sign an online petition demanding that the hospital reconsider.

The petition on change.org reads, “Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Allow the kidney transplant Amelia Rivera needs to survive.”

The petition claims that Amelia Rivera is “being denied the right to a life-saving kidney transplant simply because she is cognitively impaired.”

Links to the petition along with outrage from supporters continues to rapidly make its way through the social media and the petition has so far reached 37,500 signatures out of 100,000.

Amelia suffers with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes intellectual delays, seizures and other health problems, which caused Amelia to have received a kidney condition that could kill her in six months to a year, according to her parents.

The petition can be found here http://www.change.org/petitions/director-of-public-relations-allow-the-kidney-transplant-amelia-rivera-needs-to-survive

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