I did a quick google search and found this study which showed that kidney transplants were just as successful in people with intellectual disability as those without, in terms of survival rates after one and three years.
I also found this paper about an area in Northern Italy that denies any organ transplants to people with intellectual disability. People with intellectual disability are simply not eligible for transplants there.
BLOOM has posted a number of pieces recently about how cultural devaluing of people with disabilities plays into decisions about their care, including whether care is withdrawn: The disability paradox ; Costs, quality-of-life ratings puts complex kids' care at risk ; Burden of kids not whole picture, ethicist says ; and A fate worse than death .
We've also posted about protocols that would see children with certain intellectual and physical disabilities denied intensive care treatment during a pandemic.
Here is a video about Amelia .
I tried to post a comment on the Wolf-Hirschhorn website , but the story has gone viral and I believe is getting so many hits that the comments function seems to have frozen.
So let us know what you think about this here! Louise