Sarah Murnaghan Case Prompts Permanent Lung Transplant Policy Tweak
Jun 23, 2014, 5:03 PM ET
By SYDNEY LUPKIN, ABC WORLD NEWS
A family’s successful fight to get a lung transplant for their dying 10-year-old daughter last spring has resulted in a permanent organ transplant policy tweak for pediatric patients.
The family of Sarah Murnaghan fought the so-called Under 12 Rule last year, claiming it was discriminatory because Sarah could be offered adult lungs only after they were offered to other matching adults. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which is under contract with the federal government to allocate organs, created a temporary rule exception policy last year because of the Sarah Murnaghan case, and today voted to continue to allow children to be granted exceptions, but still only on a case-by-case basis.
“I’ve been waiting a little on bated breath for the decision,” said Sarah’s mother, Janet Murnaghan, at a news conference outside their Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, home. “We know a lot of kids who are waiting and little people who are waiting. Just knowing that they’ll have greater access is a really amazing feeling.”