Local Reaction to Child Transplant Case
Published June 7th, 2013
A national story about a 10-year-old girl in need of a lung transplant hits hard right here at home in Gainesville.
Sarah Murnaghan has been waiting for new lungs for 18 months now and her time is running out.
Her parents petitioned the Under 12 law, which bans children under 12 years of age from receiving adult organs.
A judge ruled for Sarah's name to be put on the adult transplant list yesterday afternoon, going against the strict law.
Residents in Gainesville disagree with the law all altogether.
"It just shouldn't be about legislation. It should be about the medicine and the need and what we can do at the given time. And that's such a moving target that I don't think it should be a law."
Doctors say adult organs do not tend to perform well in children because their size.
And lung transplants are even more likely to fail to start with.
U.S. Health and Human services say there are 40 adults in Sarah's region in need of a transplant that she is now on the list with.
Lauren Lettelier, TV20 News
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