Pa. girl’s parents challenge lung donor rule

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The parents of a 10-year-old girl who waiting for a lung transplant are calling for a change in the policy governing organ transplants that they say has prevented their increasingly sick daughter from getting the life-saving surgery.

Sarah Murnaghan is on a ventilator at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with end-stage cystic fibrosis, and her mother says she has weeks to live. The child has been waiting for a pediatric donor but few organs are available. She could get an adult lung but only after it is offered to adults in the region, a policy her mother says should change.

Dr. Stuart Sweet of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says appeals can be made directly to transplant centers and the system is re-examined regularly to remove inequities.

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