This morning ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Pennsylvania, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, has a new set of lungs and a new chance at life.
Yesterday Sarah underwent a six hour transplant operation receiving lungs that came from an adult donor. Doctors are pleased with her prognosis.
Chief Medical Correspondent Doctor Sanjay Gupta has more on her chances of survival, and potential complications her recovery faces.
Janet Murnaghan is on 'Starting Point' with John Berman and Christine Romans talking about her frustration over getting her daughter a lung transplant. Her 10-year-old daughter Sarah has been waiting on the child transplant list for 18 months.
Her mother says that there are not nearly as many child lungs donated per year, as there are adult lungs. She says she's learned 'the odds are really stacked against young children like Sarah' in regards to receiving a successful organ donation.
According to federal guidelines Sarah is too young to receive an adult lung transplant-the cut off age for an adult transplant is 12-years-old. At the time the guidelines were created adult to child transplants were seen as more difficult procedures without as successful results. Now the surgery is still challenging, but according to Murnaghan surgeons assure her that 'their outcomes are just as good' for children who receive partial adult lungs versus pediatric lungs.
Murnaghan has appealed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to try to get Sarah priority on the adult donor list, but so far has failed. Sebelius says she will order a transplant review, but any changes could take years to achieve, and Sarah is running out of time.
Murnaghan is asking for all children to be treated 'fairly.' She feels that Sarah's 'civil rights are being violated,' and the guidelines for children in need of transplants are 'unjust.'
Ten-year-old Sarah has cystic fibrosis, and has been waiting on the child donor list for a new lung 18 months. Sarah has cystic fibrosis, and has been waiting on the child donor list for a new lung 18 months. CNN's Jason Carrol reports on her family's desperate plea to the government for help.
There is a shortage of child lung donations. According to federal guidelines Sarah is not old enough to receive an adult lung. She is 10-years-old the cut off for an adult lung is 12-years-old.
Her family has appealed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to try to get Sarah priority on the adult donor list, but so far has failed. Sebelius says she will order a transplant review, but any changes could take years to achieve, and Sarah is running out of time.
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Senior Editor, People Magazine Michelle Tan is on 'Starting Point' with John Berman and Christine Romans on Angelina Jolie's first public appearance after her preventive Double Mastectomy at the premiere of her partner Brad Pitt's new film 'World War Z' in London. Jolie was glowing on the Red Carpet after revealing she underwent the procedure four months ago in a New York Times op-ed.
On Jolie's decision to come forward publically about her double mastectomy, Tam claims she has 'really spoken out, and really made these issues come to the forefront,' for so many women who are faced with the decision to have a Double Mastectomy.
Jolie's candor on this very personal issue has made her and Brad Pitt more 'human,' and has revealed the 'incredible bond' the couple shares.
Dr. Nader Pouratian is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about the brain surgery he performed on a patient at UCLA medical center where the patient was awake throughout the surgery. The patient facilitated doctors in the completion of his surgery, by playing the guitar it helped guide surgeons throughout the surgery to repair the patient's tremor. According to Dr. Pouratian there are 'no pain receptors' inside the brain, so the patient felt no pain even though he was awake during the surgery.
Christine Romans reports how a patient had brain surgery while awake. During the surgery, the patient played the guitar to help doctors perform the surgery more effectively. Surgery posted to Twitter and Vine. The surgery was to try to eliminate a tremor.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Dr. Stephanie Barnhart from the OU Medical Center who says she was just doing her job when the tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma.
A new study released Sunday shows an alarming link between a dietary compound found in red meat and heart disease.
It has been previously established that the fat in red meat can be bad for the human heart but this latest study links a compound in red meat to hardening of the arteries. CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen breaks down the latest links and discoveries regarding the compound in red meat.
Researchers are just now beginning to focus in on the chemical called carnitine converts to a chemical called TMAO says Cohen. When researchers looked to human beings’ TMAO levels they found that those "with high TMAO levels were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke” she adds. The initial discovery left “a lot of researchers … stunned at this because they were so focused on the fat in meat,” says Cohen.
The American Meat institute released a statement regarding the recent links saying “this study should not prompt any dietary changes and consumers who enjoy red meat should continue to do so with confidence.”
What do you get when you take the "Real Housewives" and mix it with a spoonful of medicine? Try the new Bravo reality TV show "Married to Medicine."
The show follows six Atlanta women: two women are doctors, and four of them are doctor's wives. One of the cast members, Quad Webb-Lunceford, is a psychiatrist's wife who feels like she is being bullied by the other women. This morning, she joins John and Brooke on “Starting Point” to discuss her new reality show about the battles of women in and around medicine.
Webb-Lunceford, who works as a medical sales representative, says the series premiere garnered almost 2 million viewers because “people are infatuated with medicine.” She adds that scripted shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “General Hospital” had viewers glued to the television but her unscripted show offers a new fiery element in the world of reality TV.
Regarding public criticism, Webb-Lunceford says her husband was nervous at first but after thoroughly discussing the reality show they were able to move forward.
Viewers can watch “Married to Medicine” every Sunday night on Bravo at 9/8c.
A health story of growing interest this week has moms on alert for a staple food in the diets of thousands of children. Two women are taking on Kraft, asking them to change their Macaroni and Cheese. Vani Hari and Lisa Leake are food bloggers leading a campaign and petition on Change.org to get Kraft to remove two color dye ingredients from their beloved Macaroni and Cheese.
Their online petition states: "We recently discovered that several American products are using harmful additives that are not used—and in some cases banned—in other countries. [...] Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the US contains the artificial food dyes Yellow 5 and Yellow 6. These unnecessary—yet potentially harmful—dyes are not in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in other countries, including the UK, because they were removed due to consumer outcry."
Lisa Leake, a mom and 100DaysofRealFood.com blogger, and Vani Hari, an aunt and Foodbabe.com blogger, both share the reasons for their campaign on “Starting Point” this morning.
The bloggers say their aim was not to target Kraft alone. “These are American companies using ingredients in our food that are not used, and in some cases banned elsewhere. And we decided we needed to do something about it,” Lisa Leake says. “We strategically picked Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, an iconic food product, trying to get our message across.” That message is that these unnecessary artificial food dyes are being used for cosmetic reasons only and pose health risks. “And we'd like to get them to get them out of our food.”
Hari says they picked Kraft to send that message more effectively. "We didn't just pick Kraft for no reason. They are the largest food company headquartered in the United States," Hari explains. "They have the largest footprint to actually be the leader here."
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