SJ State Senate President Wants to Make it Illegal to Deny Transplants to People with Disabilities
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Outraged over reports about a renowned hospital in Philadelphia declined to perform a kidney transplant on a Camden County child because she is intellectually disabled, Senate President Steve Sweeney said today he planned to introduce a bill making it illegal for a New Jersey hospital from denying life-saving health care to disabled people here.
The parents of 3-year-old Amelia Rivera of Stratford said a physician from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia told them last week the child would not be eligible for a kidney transplant because she is "mentally retarded."
"There is no doubt that this story has highlighted a seriously overlooked issue in the country: Hospital policy regarding organ transplants for people with developmental disabilities," said Sweeney, whose daughter has Down syndrome.
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