Bloomberg Law
March 29, 2019, 9:30 AM

Organ Transplant Disability Bias Gets Second Look Under Trump

Shira Stein
Shira Stein

The first time Paul Corby got an organ transplant evaluation, his mother Karen Corby could tell the doctor had already decided not to put him on the donor wait list.

Paul is autistic and carries a Princess Peach doll for comfort, and the doctor asked why he was carrying the doll, she said. When the doctor asked Paul to name the 19 medications he was already taking, he couldn’t.

When Karen asked for a written copy of the doctor’s decision denying Paul a recommendation for a heart transplant, she saw the reason in black ink—it was his autism.

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