Amelia Rivera, the disabled child who gained national attention last year when a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia physician recommended against giving her a kidney transplant, has received a kidney from her mother.
On Tuesday, Chrissy Rivera shared the news of her 4-year-old daughter's successful transplant at Children's by posting on a website for families affected by Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Amelia has the rare genetic disorder, which causes developmental disabilities and a shortened life expectancy.
Rivera, who declined a request for a telephone interview, wrote that her daughter received the transplanted kidney on July 3, and they went home to Stratford, Camden County, on July 12. The next day, however, Amelia was readmitted to the hospital with a urinary tract infection "due to a small leak in the bladder."