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June 3rd, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Janet Murnaghan feels her daughter has been 'left to die' after an 18 month wait on the child transplant list for a lung.

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.'


Filed under: Children • Medical • Medical Condition • Petition
June 7th, 2012
02:18 PM ET

Boy Scouts stall tactic? Jennifer Tyrell on the Boy Scouts of America postponing decision on petition to change anti-gay policy

The Boy Scouts of America is standing firm this morning on its policy banning gays as adult leaders...for now.

At a national meeting last week in Orlando, Scouts leadership was presented with a petition with over 275,000 signatures, demanding the group end its exclusive policy against homosexuals. A spokesperson for Boy Scouts of America says the resolution will be reviewed at next year's national meeting, but for the time being any change to the policy is unlikely.

The petition also calls for the reinstatement of Jennifer Tyrrell, a former Ohio den leader who was ousted last month – a move the scouts say was because of her sexual orientation.

Jennifer Tyrell, who started the petition on Change.org, talks with Soledad about her fight to get the Boy Scouts of America to change their policy.


Filed under: Homosexuality • Petition