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Child In Lung Transplant Controversy Gets Donor

 

 

” Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl with cystic fibrosis who has been at the center of national controversy over transplant policy, was receiving an adult lung transplant on Wednesday.

Family spokeswoman Maureen Garrity said the child is getting lungs from one adult donor, ending a campaign by the family in the highly publicized case, which involved pressure from lawmakers and more recently intervention by a federal judge, to allow their child to receive adult lungs.

Garrity said the family got a call about the donor Tuesday night and found out the organs were a match Wednesday morning. Sarah Murnaghan went into the operating room shortly before noon Wednesday.

“Sarah got THE CALL. She will be taken back to the OR in 30min. Please pray for Sarah’s donor, her HERO, who has given her the gift of life,” her mother, Janet Murnaghan, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday morning.”

 

 

Update: Sarah Murnaghan’s Transplant Surgery Deemed Success

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judge Saves 10-Year-Old From Kathleen Sebelius – The One-Woman Death Panel

 

 

 

 

” Fortunately, District Court Judge Michael Baylson issued a restraining order prohibiting Sebelius from applying the policy that will block Sarah from getting the lung transplant. CNN reports:

Janet Murnaghan, Sarah’s mother, said the family is “thrilled … literally jumping for joy.”

Now let’s be clear about exactly what happened here. A policy was put in place by the federal government that said certain people would take priority over others for transplants. When a person proved to be in desperate need of such a transplant – a matter of life and death – a cabinet-level government official refused to intervene, citing the rules, citing limits on her own authority and saying it would take too long at any rate to change the policy.

Lungs are available. A 10-year-old girl needs one or she will die. But a government policy says she can’t have one and no one will do anything to set aside or get around the policy so a 10-year-old girl will not die. Or at least no one would until Judge Baylson came along, thank God.

This is the death panel. It is exactly what Palin was talking about. It is not a group of hooded men sitting atop a raised dias, informing unfortunate souls, “You have been selected for death,” but it has the exact same effect. The government makes rules to govern the allocation of resources in health care, and the rules leave no room for flexibility when a person’s life is on the line and common sense argues that flexibility is absolutely necessary. Only the intervention of this judge, assuming it is allowed to stand, can save this young girl’s life – because government has no idea how to stop tripping over its own policies.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Sebelius Won’t Waive Regulation For Girl With Five Weeks To Live: ‘Someone Lives And Someone Dies’

 

 

 

” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rebuffed an appeal from Rep. Lou Barletta on behalf of a girl who needs a lung transplant but can’t get one because of a federal regulation that prevents her from qualifying for a transplant.

“Please, suspend the rules until we look at this policy,” Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, asked Sebelius during a House hearing Tuesday on behalf of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl who needs a lung transplant. She can’t qualify for an adult lung transplant until the age of 12, according to federal regulations, but Sebelius has the authority to waive that rule on her behalf. The pediatric lungs for which she currently qualifies aren’t available.”