Sarah Murnaghan Case Prompts Permanent Lung Transplant Policy Tweak


One child got adolescent lungs, meaning they came from a donor who was between 12 and 17 years old, according to OPTN. Since children younger than 12 are typically offered adolescent lungs after they’ve been offered to other matching adolescents, it’s not clear whether this child would have gotten them without the exception.

Finally, one child has gotten an adult lung transplant since June 11. Although the OPTN isn’t naming names, the Murnaghan family has said that Sarah underwent the double-lung transplants from adult donors on June 12 and June 15.

“It’s not an enormous impact that will change adult lung transplant, but it is a significant impact,” Janet Murnaghan said. “Every life counts.”

PHOTO: Sarah Murnaghan To Go Home
Murnaghan Family/AP Photo
PHOTO: Sarah Murnaghan To Go Home

PHOTO: Sarah Murnaghan
Courtesy Murnaghan Family
PHOTO: Sarah Murnaghan

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