There is a little girl in desperate need of a new kidney. Her parents have already been in front of the Transplant Team’s Board, only to be denied of her lifesaving surgery through Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The little girl is still in a stroller. She is only three years old. And severely mentally handicapped.
And that is what the Nephrology Department specialists and the Transplant Team are basing her denial of services on. Not on the fact that she has a severe case kidney failure or that the family is ready to be tested as viable matches.
Plus, the doctors had stated apparently, that they fear for the little child where anti-rejection medications are concerned. Mainly due to the fact that they COULD cause mental disability. Um… How much worse can this poor child get with already being as mentally handicapped as she is?!
To read the full story, from the parent’s own words of what had happened, CLICK HERE.
I can (sadly) see BOTH sides of that proverbial fence. But on the flip side, to ONLY base the “need” on one specific area, primarily intellectual function is NOT something that I agree with.
As a Transplant Team, they MUST base it on a number of factors. Including not only viability and psychological areas, but on SO many other levels, including the severity of the problem with the kidneys its self.
They did make at least ONE valid point, regarding her age, as well as her need. At her age, and the rate of stability with the new kidney, she is going to need AT LEAST one more, if not two or more kidneys throughout her lifetime. And they will not always be available from family.
And without testing the family NOW, there is NO way of even knowing if ANYONE, including the parents are a match.
But to deny ANYONE, let alone a child of a lifesaving surgery, including a transplant based solely upon a person’s mental disability is just complete and utter bullshit.