Sarah Murnaghan, 10, Awaits Lung Transplant As Her Condition Worsens

Tue, June 11, 2013 3:24pm EST by 3 Comments
Sarah Murnaghan Update
Courtesy of FOX

While the search is out for viable lungs for Sarah Murnaghan, her condition is deteriorating. The 10-year-old, whose case has stirred up controversy over the ‘Under 12 Rule’ for transplants, was intubated June 8 due to trouble breathing.

Sarah Murnaghan, 10, is on the adult transplant list for new lungs, but her condition continues to deteriorate as she waits for new lungs.

Sarah’s Declining Condition

Sarah’s case has caused controversy across the country. On June 5, a judge granted a temporary order to place Sarah on the adult transplant list.

While she continues to wait for a transplant, the 10-year-old suffering from cystic fibrosis was intubated June 8 due to additional difficulty breathing.

However, since intubation, her condition has improved her mother Janet said in a statement according to Fox News.

“Sarah’s heart has been the biggest win since intubation. Her pulmonary hypertension, caused by lung disease, has greatly improved with the ventilator,” Janet stated. “All her other organs are fairing well. She is a great, strong candidate for transplant still. Come on lungs!”

Further Review Begins For ‘Under 12 Rule’

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which sets national organ transplant policy, met June 10 to consider whether children under 12 were being treated unfairly in regards to organ transplants.

According to, despite the OPTN’s criticism of the judge who ordered Sarah to be placed on the adult transplant list, the panel voted unanimously to allow transplant centers to request, on an individual case basis, priority status for children under 12 so they can push for lungs from older donors based on need. The special status would be granted or refused by the national Lung Review Board.

The rule will be in effect until July 2014. Let’s continue to hope that Sarah will receive the lungs she needs and that her case can open up hope for children just like her.

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Posted at 12:21 AM on June 12, 2013  

the judge’s ruling was seven days ago. approximately 12,000 people die per day in America. so around 84,000 people have died since the Judge’s ruling. and that is just America, there are other countries in the world too. but even just looking at the 84,000 in America – not one pair of lungs for the little girl ???? that is a lot of potential donor candidates. if the doctors are “making sure” this “does not work out” a) because they don’t like judges and lawyers and want to show that no one can tell them what to do, or b) to curry favor with the ObamaCare people —- that would be a pretty clear case of Criminal Contempt, and that usually carries a jail sentence.

84,000 potential donors, in America alone, and not one set of lungs for the little girl ? you doctors are not doing this on purpose, are you ? chumming up to the ObamaCare people ?

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Posted at 2:00 AM on June 12, 2013  

I am a kidney/pancreas recipient. It is a far more complicated process than Sarah’s family is leading the public to believe. For one thing, there are not that many donors. And of the people who donate, most organs are not viable. For instance, if someone is in a car accident or was shot, they ay have organs that cannot be used. If the donor has HIV the organs cannot be used. The organs still have to fit, regardless of age, and the patient must be in good health at the time of the available organs to be able to survive the surgery. You can have a fungal infection and it can knock you out of an organ. And obviously there has to be a match for blood type. It has nothing to do with Obama. The rules were last updated in 2005 under Bush and worked well under a system with very few organs. Organ donation is not a right, It is a gift. I hope Sarah’s family realizes this.

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Posted at 5:22 PM on June 11, 2013  


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