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This is why the courts need to stay out of medical decisions. Girl gets second lung transplant

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Pennsylvania girl gets second lung transplant after first failed

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Reuters

By Francesca Trianni

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who sparked a national debate about child access to organ donation took her first independent breath this week on a second set of donor lungs after her first transplant failed, the girl's family said on Friday.

Sarah Murnaghan, who had cystic fibrosis and needed a lung transplant, had been kept off an adult organ transplant list due to an age restriction. She became eligible for an adult pair of lungs only after a judge's order.

The girl received the first transplant on June 12 but had to be put back on a waiting list to receive another organ donation after complications arose.

The girl underwent a second surgery, her family said in a statement, performed by the same surgeon who did the first transplant, Dr. Thomas Spray, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"The road to recovery is long and Sarah's fight is not over," parents Janet and Fran Murnaghan, who live in the Philadelphia suburb of Newtown Square, wrote on Facebook on Friday.

The girl's family had sued to prevent the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing a policy that prevents children under 12 from receiving adult lung transplants, even if they are extremely ill.

The girl was set to undergo another surgery on Monday to provide the lungs with greater volume for expansion and remove a tube, the family's statement said.

by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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Mommabearbergh
by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM
I know with dh's mom when it comes to kidneys she could get a questionable kidney from a donor if she agrees to it and some people are desperate enough to live another six months with any thing. I know if it was my child I would do what I had to. To
Make sure they buried me not me bury them
prommy
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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Quoting T-HoneyLuv:

You know what? If it was any of your children, ALL of you against it would be singing a different tune. And yes this is coming from a parent of a child who will need a life saving organ transplant.

Yup. People who never had to watch their child struggle to NOT DIE don't have a clue about the lengths they'd go to just to have some hope. I hope your child gets the transplant he/she needs. 

quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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This. She is going to die. They need to just accept it and stop with the surgeries. Transplants aren't without pain.


Quoting romalove:

SMH

I said what I thought about this when they were fighting for the right to have the transplant.

Every set of lungs they use that fail in this girl are a set that arent' saving someone else.


Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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I think it's selfish to put the child through multiple transplants which will not solve her underlying problem. LUNG failure is not the cause of CF, it is a result of CF. Any lungs received will become infected, scarred and eventually fail. So now this child will deal with CF AND the life long consequences associated with transplantation.

The parents did this for THEMSELVES not for her, IMO.

For the religious, why not let this child go home to her creator?

T-HoneyLuv
by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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You think it's selfish to give their child a chance to live? I hope you are never faced with a situation such as this.


Quoting Sisteract:

I think it's selfish to put the child through multiple transplants which will not solve her underlying problem. LUNG failure is not the cause of CF, it is a result of CF. Any lungs received will become infected, scarred and eventually fail. So now this child will deal with CF AND the life long consequences associated with transplantation.

The parents did this for THEMSELVES not for her, IMO.

For the religious, why not let this child go home to her creator?


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T-HoneyLuv
by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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I agree. Thank you.


Quoting prommy:


Quoting T-HoneyLuv:

You know what? If it was any of your children, ALL of you against it would be singing a different tune. And yes this is coming from a parent of a child who will need a life saving organ transplant.

Yup. People who never had to watch their child struggle to NOT DIE don't have a clue about the lengths they'd go to just to have some hope. I hope your child gets the transplant he/she needs. 


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hatinnd
by Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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Everyone who's not already an organ donor should remember to sign up.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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If everyone would become organ donors when they died things like this wouldn't happen. 

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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Quoting Sisteract:

I think it's selfish to put the child through multiple transplants which will not solve her underlying problem. LUNG failure is not the cause of CF, it is a result of CF. Any lungs received will become infected, scarred and eventually fail. So now this child will deal with CF AND the life long consequences associated with transplantation.

The parents did this for THEMSELVES not for her, IMO.

For the religious, why not let this child go home to her creator?

BEST QUESTION EVER:

For the religious, why not let this child go home to her creator?

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:43 PM


Quoting T-HoneyLuv:

You think it's selfish to give their child a chance to live? I hope you are never faced with a situation such as this.


Quoting Sisteract:

I think it's selfish to put the child through multiple transplants which will not solve her underlying problem. LUNG failure is not the cause of CF, it is a result of CF. Any lungs received will become infected, scarred and eventually fail. So now this child will deal with CF AND the life long consequences associated with transplantation.

The parents did this for THEMSELVES not for her, IMO.

For the religious, why not let this child go home to her creator?


Yeah, that is exactly what she said.

/sarcasm


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