facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Organ donation group changes rules on pediatric lung transplants

June 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM   |   Comments

RICHMOND, Va., June 11 (UPI) -- The organization supervising organ donation in the United States revised its policy for children needing lung transplants Monday.

The rule change by the United Network for Organ Sharing is expected to give seriously ill children under the age of 12 a better chance of finding a donor. UNOS supervises the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which governs donations around the country.

Under the new policy, hospitals can apply to a national review board to have children placed on the list for adult lungs. Under the former rules, children could only be considered if there were no potential adult recipients.

The children would also remain on the pediatric list.

The current policy was challenged by the family of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl from Newtown Square, Pa., who has advanced cystic fibrosis. A federal judge ruled last week that Sarah could be placed on the adult list pending a hearing this Friday.

A day later, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ordered that Javier Acosta, 11, of New York, who, like Sarah, is a patient at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, also be placed on the adult list.

Sarah's parents argued the rule was discriminatory because adult lungs are far more likely to be available than children's. There are also far more adults awaiting donated lungs.

The UNOS executive board held a conference call to make the decision.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Algeria killing seven
5
'Old Ironsides' sails across Boston Harbor before 3-year-rehab
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback