CHOP issues apology for handling of transplant case
PHILADELPHIA - February 15, 2012 (WPVI) -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is apologizing for how it handled a controversial case whether a mentally-challenged girl would receive a transplant.
3-year-old Amelia Rivera of Stratford, New Jersey has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome and needs a kidney.
Her parents originally claimed CHOP doctors said Amelia wasn't eligible because of her disability which sparked a public outcry.
But CHOP says that was never the case.
On Wednesday night, CHOP said, "As an organization, we regret that we communicated in a manner that did not clearly reflect our policies or intent and apologize for the Riveras' experience."
In a joint statement tonight, the hospital and parents say no decision on a transplant has been made and that the evaluation is a long and involved process.
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