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Sarah Murnaghan: A precedent for children and organ transplants? (+video)

Sarah Murnaghan: Her parents sued over national transplant rules that place children behind adults on the list for adult lungs. A judge ruled that Sarah Murnaghan and a boy be added to the adult transplant list.

Sarah Murnaghan: OK for lung transplant
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A court hearing over organ donor matches involving children is on hold after the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl at the center of the lawsuit received a lung transplant.

Sarah Murnaghan is recovering after receiving adult lungs this week at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her parents had sued over national transplant rules that place children behind adolescents and adults on the list for adult lungs.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson intervened, ordering that Sarah be put on the adult list, where the urgency of her case led to a match days later.

In a Facebook post Friday, her mother said the family is now focused on Sarah's "hard and long" recovery, and plans to retreat from the media interviews it had done in recent weeks.

"As you all know Sarah was very, very sick going into transplant, therefore the road out is hard and long. We are focusing all of our attention on Sarah and as a result are silent. If there are any BIG positive updates I will give them for sure," wrote Janet Murnaghan, of Newtown Square.

 

Earlier this week, the national transplant network created a special appeals process for about 30 other children who need lungs, while declining to automatically put them on the adult waiting list.

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