I don't know this young man, but it seems he's capable of a lot. If I had cancer again I would Not expect a heart transplant. But should One hospital have the right to kill me because I am deaf-blind? I think not.
This is admittedly a complex issue. An organ transplant is expensive. Some people feel that No One should be denied an organ transplant. Others feel that Only a Perfect and healthy and employed person who can pay all bills should be allowed an organ transplant. I am in between these two extremes.
Please check ou the petition from the mother of a 23 year-old disabled man and if you think his life is worth saving, Should be saved, please Go to the trouble of looking up this organization to make the links work.
My son will die without a heart transplant, but the hospital says he can't have one -- because he's autistic.
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My son, Paul, will die without a heart transplant.
But the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania refuses to put him on the transplant
list -- because he's autistic.
Paul is only 23, and he's amazing. He was diagnosed with a deadly heart condition
four years ago, but he battles through it with a smile. He's smart and creative --
we just self-published a story he wrote, and he's working on a sequel. He loves his
nephews. And the whole family loves him.
I don't know how to tell my son that his doctors refuse to give him the operation
that could save his life.
I promised Paul that I would fight for him with every breath, no matter what it takes.
But I'm afraid my voice alone isn't enough.
I started a petition on Change.org asking the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to put my son on the transplant list -- will you sign?
Paul's doctor says one of the reasons he doesn't qualify for a transplant is that
he can't name all the medications he's on. This is ridiculous, because Paul takes
My son has faced discrimination because of his autism all his life, but this time,
that discrimination could kill him.
I was devastated when I found out the hospital wouldn't help Paul -- it was the worst
moment any mother could imagine.
But then I read about another mom who got her mentally disabled daughter on the list
for a life-saving kidney transplant after more than 50,000 people signed her petition
That's what inspired me to start my petition for Paul. I know that if enough people
sign my petition, the hospital will give my son a chance to survive.
Please sign my petition asking the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to put my son, Paul, on the list for a heart transplant that could save his life.
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