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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ableism at the Children's Hospital

What a way to start the new year, I came across this on tumblr, and feel the need to share this as an example of ableism that exists in the world.

As seen in this post by Amelia's parents, doctors at the Nephrology department at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are refusing to proceed in a kidney transplant because Amelia has Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, an intellectual and developmental disability. 

I don't think I have the words to express the outrage I feel regarding this.  This should not be allowed to continue.  I'm planning to try and follow the events regarding this, and give as much support as I can.  Hopefully Amelia will be able to get the transplant, and doctors will get the message that treating disabled people like this in not appropriate.

Edit:  There is now a petition to sign to allow Amelia to have a life-saving transplant.  Please sign!!