Girl, 10, Denied Lung Transplant Due to Age Policy

Parents of Pennsylvania girl challenge organ donor and transplant rule to save daughter's life.
1:38 | 05/29/13

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Transcript for Girl, 10, Denied Lung Transplant Due to Age Policy
And beyond. -- it's ten year old Sarah Myrna hand of Newtown square suffers from cystic fibrosis. And desperately needs a lung transplant. We spoke to Sarah's mother Janet outside Children's Hospital today last week things. Critically the -- and they felt like she was on the verge of needing to be intimate and witches. For C -- when you're waiting for amongst the last. There have been on this region's lung transplant lists for about eighteen months. But only qualifies for a rare pediatric long. Last year 15100 adult lungs were donated compared to just twenty from children. The organ procurement and transplantation network long review board overseen by the US Department of Health and Human Services. We'll not approve Sarah for an adult long because she is under the required twelve years of age. The way -- set -- -- stacked against kids. We're beach children -- -- and pianist. And all I'm saying is. That's not right -- parents are appealing to the Department of Health and Human Services to allow -- to get along from the next available adult donor. And now they're getting congressional support senator Pat Toomey -- representative pat Meehan. Each wrote letters to HHS secretary Kathleen to -- -- asking her to do everything she can to help there. We will take this issue and look for similarly situated children Sarah can't be the only one. So what we want to do is have them bring attention and hopefully enough of this pressure will cause reconsideration the policy in time for Sarah to benefit.

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