Pa. girl’s family appeals for direct lung donor

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Relatives of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who they say has been denied a life-saving lung transplant because of her age are appealing to the public in hopes of finding a donor to save their child.

Family members say Sarah Murnaghan has end-stage cystic fibrosis and is on a ventilator at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They say she is a top candidate for an organ from a pediatric donor but few are available, and a lung from an adult donor would be offered first to all adults in the region under existing policy.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has called for a review of lung allocation policies, but Murnaghan’s relatives said that will take too long. They say they hope someone will designate an organ to their child.

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