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10-Year-Old’s Lung Transplant Complete

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania cystic fibrosis patient who’s been at the center of the debate over organ transplant policy, underwent a lung transplant yesterday, receiving adult lungs and a positive prognosis from her doctors.  Earlier this week, the national policy governing transplants was given a one-year change, allowing children under age 12 to be placed on priority lists to receive transplants of adult organs.

CNN reports on Murnaghan’s surgery:

Her surgery took about six hours, and there were no complications resizing or transplanting the adult lungs, according to family spokeswoman Tracy Simon.

A statement said the family was elated and that the doctors say Sarah’s prognosis is good.

“We expect it will be a long road, but we’re not going for easy, we’re going for possible. And an organ donor has made this possible for her,” the family said, calling the family of the deceased person who donated the lungs “true heroes.”

Sarah “did extremely well” and was in intensive care after the procedure, Simon said.

The parents’ push for an organ transplant policy change has thrust the issue of who gets donated organs into the national spotlight. Earlier this week, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network’s executive committee approved a one-year change that makes children younger than 12 eligible for priority on adult lung transplant lists.

Sarah received lungs donated by an adult, according to Simon, meaning the lungs needed to be modified. An OPTN news release said Monday that since 2007 only one patient younger than 12 had received adult lungs.

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Kids’ Organ Transplant Policy Receives One-Year Change

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The national policy that governs the way organ donations and transplants work has been given a one-year change to allow children under age 12 to be eligible for priority on adult transplant lists.  The temporary change was prompted by a lawsuit filed by the family of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant.  More from CNN:

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network’s executive committee approved the change in a conference call. It said in a statement that doctors may submit a request to a national review board to have a child who is younger than 12 put on a list for older patients.

The board has seven days to approve the request, taking into account the child’s lung allocation score.

The policy change is valid until July 2014, when it will be re-evaluated.

The temporary exception stems from a case filed by the family of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who has cystic fibrosis and needs new lungs. A federal junction last week ordered U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to tell the OPTN to set aside the rule, but the injunction was good for only 10 days.

“We consider this a tremendous win for Sarah and all kids waiting for lungs,” her mother, Janet, said in a statement on Facebook. “I hope Sarah’s story moves people to become organ donors, because more than any ruling it is the heroes who donate their organs that save lives.”

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