PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A family spokeswoman says a dying 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl’s condition has worsened as she awaits a lung transplant.
The national organ transplant network complied with a judge’s unusual order last night and placed the girl, Sarah Murnaghan, on the adult waiting list for a donated lung. The girl has end-stage cystic fibrosis and has been awaiting a transplant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the girl also remains on the priority list for a lung from a pediatric donor.
Sarah’s parents had challenged existing transplant policy that made children under 12 wait for pediatric lungs to become available, or be offered lungs donated by adults after adolescents and adults on the waiting list had been considered.