Parents: Girl, 10, denied lung transplant because of age

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The parents of a 10-year-old girl who’s been waiting more than a year for a lung transplant say their daughter has essentially been “left to die.”

Sarah Murnaghan has cystic fibrosis and she could die within weeks without a transplant.

She’s from Pennsylvania and is at the top of the list for any pediatric lungs that become available in her six-state region.

Doctors say modified adult lungs could help save her, but under federal rules, children younger than 12 are not prioritized for adult organs.

Sarah could only get available adult lungs if everyone else waiting for lungs in her region turns them down.

Her parents are appealing to other families.

Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, has told Sarah’s parents she’s not authorized to intervene.

Sebelius is ordering a transplant policy review, but any change could take up to two years.


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