Judge Puts Girl on Adult Lung Transplant List

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Girl not expected to live long enough to get new lungs from the pediatric transplant list.

Sarah Murnaghan, 10, has end-stage cystic fibrosis and is waiting for a lung transplant. Her family is petitioning for a policy change to let sick children receive adult lungs. / Change.org

"The family is challenging organ transplant rules that say children under age 12 must wait for pediatric lungs to become available. The Murnaghans say that rarely happens."

A federal judge in Philadelphia has made a dying 10-year-old eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list.
U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson says he is granting the temporary request because of the severity of Sarah Murnaghan's condition.
Her mother, Janet Murnaghan, says the family is thrilled by the ruling. It's in effect until a June 14 court hearing.
The family is challenging organ transplant rules that say children under age 12 must wait for pediatric lungs to become available. The Murnaghans say that rarely happens.
Sarah's doctors believe they can perform a successful transplant with adult lungs.
Sarah has been hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for three months with end-stage cystic fibrosis.
On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declined to intervene.


WILX.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WILX 500 American Road Lansing, MI 48911 517-393-0110
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 210342801 - wilx.com/a?a=210342801