'Team Amelia' backs transplant for special needs child

Officials told the Riveras that Amelia, who has a genetic disorder, would not qualify for a transplant because she is "mentally retarded." Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Kimberly Klein - Jan 16, 2012 - 4:00 PM PST
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by Kimberly Klein - Jan. 16, 2012

This article highlights one of the current debates raging in the United States regarding societal adaptation toward the uprising in awareness of special needs. Society has always struggled to address special needs and disabilities in its citizens and much change has only succeeded with time, research, and long-term campaigns in order to familiarize the population on disorders and syndromes that affect a growing number of individuals. It is also an issue that is often not discussed or included in policy and as such, there exists certain stigmas and beliefs that negatively affect eh medical care and treatment of affected people. For Amelia, her mental condition appears to have influenced healthcare professionals to list her as ... More »

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