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NJ parents see hope after transplant denial outcry

Parents: Mentally disabled girl, 3, may be eligible for life-saving kidney transplant By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' The parents of a mentally disabled New Jersey girl say they've won a review of a children's hospital's decision to deny the girl a kidney transplant because of her mental disability.

Chrissy and Joseph Rivera says doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are now willing to consider a transplant for their 3-year-old daughter, Amelia.

The Stratford, N.J. family says doctors initially told them Amelia wasn't eligible for a transplant because of a mental disability caused by Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. A blog post by Chrissy Rivera earlier this month spawned a public outcry.

The Riveras tell The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) they received instructions for testing family members for compatibility at a meeting Friday.

Chrissy Rivera says her daughter's case still needs to be reviewed to determine if she's a good transplant candidate.

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