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June 3rd, 2013
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Ten-year old Sarah in desperate needs for lung transplant: CNN's Jason Carrol reports

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.

READ MORE: Parents of girl waiting for transplant ask Sebelius to intervene

Filed under: Children • Disease • Medical • Medical advancements • Medical Condition
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mark Davis MD

    This horrific case is made worse by the lies of the HHS Secretary who claims she cannot do anything for this child. Allow me a verbal license for a moment, she is full of crap. She has the ultimate authority under Obamacare to make decisions. The powers enumerated in PPACA are specific, she has the last word. Yet she claims otherwise. This child needs immediate help. Where are all you left wing scum who supported Obamacare? Hiding, no doubt as this BS legislation implodes. Perhaps the billionaires who dance to Obama's tune will step forward to help. They have been quiet so far. We all pray this child receives immediate help. Mark Davis MD, author of the forthcoming book, Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A Prescription for Disaster.

    June 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. James Vanden Bosch

    I am a stem cell specialist and would like to offer my services. Please contact me by email for more information. I have data and research that shows the benefit of autologous stem cells. Thank you.

    June 3, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. oza

    i want help this child if i cant,but what i cant do?

    June 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Roger

    Unfortunately CNN is on my work lunchroom TV and I caught this story. Major flaw in your reporting was not naming the law the family of the sick girl is appealing, it’s called Obama Care, the “affordable health care act”.
    In Obama Care pedantic intellectual Liberals like Kathleen Sebelius the secretary of the department of health and human services have already prioritized treatment of life threatening illnesses. The young girl Sarah and the elderly are at the bottom of the list because they are not money making productive worker bees. Remember the conservatives talking about death panels and you laughed, get with it CNN, Glen Beck was reporting this years ago, one again evidence you are going the way of the T-Rex.

    June 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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