Family to Meet With Hospital in Disabled Tot's Transplant Debate

Children's Hospital said in a statement that it "does not disqualify potential transplant candidates on the basis of intellectual abilities."

By Kevin Begos and Matt Moore
|  Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012  |  Updated 1:25 PM EDT
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Joe and Chrissy Rivera claim their daughter was treated unfairly because of her mental challenges.

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The parents of a 3-year-old New Jersey girl who claim she's being denied a kidney transplant because of her mental disabilities say they will meet with hospital officials next week.

The claim has caused a furor online but experts warn the situation may be much more complex.     

Joe Rivera said Wednesday that he and his wife, Chrissy, spoke with officials from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on a Sunday night conference call.

A blog posting a few days earlier claimed their daughter, Amelia, was denied a kidney transplant because she suffers from Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare genetic defect that can cause physical and mental disabilities.    

Children's Hospital has said that it "does not disqualify potential transplant candidates on the basis of intellectual abilities'' but declined to comment about the meeting, citing patient confidentiality rules. 

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