Judge's Ruling Clears Way for Girl to Receive Lung
Federal judge says Sarah Murnaghan eligible to be on adult donor list
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
Sarah Murnaghan in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, left, and mother, Janet.   (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family)

(Newser) – The odds that 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan will get a life-saving lung transplant just shot up dramatically. A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled this afternoon that Sarah is eligible to receive a lung from the adult donor list, reports AP. Normally, kids younger than 12 can't do so, but the judge ruled that Sarah's condition—she is thought to have just weeks to live because of cystic fibrosis—warrants the decision. Yesterday, health secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the case "agonizing" but said she could not interfere with the donor rules. The judge, however, ordered Sebelius to suspend them for at least 10 days, reports NBC News. He set a hearing for June 14.

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Jun 6, 2013 3:22 PM CDT
Kathleen Sebelius: another feckless administrator appointed by Obama.
Jun 6, 2013 3:12 PM CDT
Mmm, it seems the major point of all this strum'un'drang is being overlooked. If age were not a consideration, this little girl would be at the TOP of the LIST. A 10-yr old stands to live alonger than someone whose 50/60 or older. Yes, cystic fibrosis is a terminal illness, but little Sarah could be one to beat the odds with new lungs! Of course, another option is to gather donations and go overseas for the transplant. It might open up a whole new scenario for patients. In this case, I'm all for some judicial activism.
Jun 6, 2013 1:43 PM CDT
Damn activist judges - huh, republicans?