More children now eligible to receive adult lung transplants

June 24, 2014 3:33 AM

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More children now eligible to receive adult lung transplants

Some children under the age of 12 years may now receive adult lung transplants after a year-long review by officials, prompted by a temporary rule-change last year to save a 10-year-old girl.

Last year, 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan was dying and needed a lung transplant. However, the transplant of donor adult lungs into children under 12 was something that the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) was not considering. A special provision was made that saved young Sarah’s li...

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