Parents of kids with disabilities fight against transplant discrimination


BOSTON — The clock is ticking on a bill that would prevent discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities who need organ transplants.

According to one study, only about half people with intellectual disabilities receive transplant referrals and only one-third of those people ever get evaluated.

John and Jeanne Doherty were shocked when they found if their daughter Jessica ever needed an organ transplant, she could be denied on because of her disabilities.

"She's an important member of our family and she's a viable member of the community and people are better off for knowing her. She should have every right that everybody else has,” said Jeanne Doherty of Billerica.

Jessica, 20, has Down syndrome and Autism. Continue reading

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