Stop the Discrimination: Put Young Autistic Patient on Heart Transplant List

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Target: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Heart Transplant Committee and Cardiology Department

Goal: Stop discriminating against autistic patient Paul Corby and place him on the heart transplant list.

Doctors at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania have allegedly refused to put 23-year old autistic patient Paul Corby on the heart transplant list at Radnor because of his mental disability. Paul was diagnosed with a deadly heart condition four years ago and needs a heart transplant in order to survive.

According to Paul’s mother, Karen Corby, the doctors at the hospital discriminate against Paul with their comments and actions. Karen noted that when one doctor was filling out the questionnaire to determine whether Paul was eligible for a heart transplant, the medical professional was more interested in the doll Paul carries for comfort than the fact that he has never smoked or drank alcohol.

Ultimately, the doctors stated that Paul does not qualify for a transplant in part because he cannot name the 19 medications that he is on. They refuse to take into account the fact that Paul is autistic and cannot memorize all 19 prescription drug names. This should not be a legitimate reason to deny a life-saving transplant to a young man.

Sign the petition below to urge the doctors in the hospital’s Heart Transplant Committee and Cardiology Department to stop the discrimination and place Paul Corby on the heart transplant list so he can survive.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Doctors of the Heart Transplant Committee and Cardiology Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,

I am writing to urge you to place 23-year old autistic patient Paul Corby on the heart transplant list. I am appalled and outraged to know that Paul has faced discrimination from the doctors at the hospital because of his mental disability. This is unacceptable; everybody deserves a fighting chance to survive.

According to Paul’s mother, Karen Corby, doctors at the hospital have discriminated against Paul with their comments and actions. Karen noted that when one doctor was filling out the questionnaire to determine whether Paul was eligible for a heart transplant, the medical professional was more interested in the doll Paul carries for comfort than the fact that he has never smoked or drank alcohol. The doctor stated that Paul is not eligible to be placed on the heart transplant list because he cannot name the 19 medications that he is on. I urge you to take into account the fact that Paul is autistic and cannot memorize all 19 prescription drug names before denying a life-saving transplant to this young man.

Please place Paul on the heart transplant list at Radnor as soon as possible. I hope you will put an end to the discrimination against Paul and all other patients with mental disabilities that go to you seeking care.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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