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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
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  1. gilbert castro

    so are future is not important as are rules.!!!! come on U.S.A.!!! GOVERMENT HANDLE THIS PROTECT ARE FUTURE!!

    June 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Leo Gosson

    THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! What in hell is the matter with people? We should save that girl's life NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES. It is a sad day for humanity when an "ignorant law" is allowed to continue. Shame on those responsible. Basing whether a life can be saved on age rather than severity of the issue is BLIND THINKING.

    June 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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