The national organization that manages organ transplants rejected making emergency rule changes Monday for children under 12 who are waiting on lungs, but created a special appeal and review system to hear such cases.
Toomey isn’t pushing for a particular new policy but says he’s been told that the current lower age limit of 12 for adult lung transplants is arbitrary.
A second child at a Philadelphia hospital is asking a federal judge to order that he be put on the adult waiting list for a donated lung.
“When a judge or a congressman or a bureaucrat says ‘I’m going to add you’ or ‘I don’t like the rules,’ this comes at a price,” says nationally known medical ethicist Arthur Caplan.
On Tuesday, WPHT’s Gary R’nel spoke with Congressman Lou Barletta, who is calling for a rebuff of the law so that Sarah Murnaghan might be able to receive the transplant.
The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services says she doesn’t want to intervene in transplant decisions about a dying Pennsylvania girl when other children are just as sick.
There are several new developments in a desperate struggle to save a Newtown Square girl’s life, including a congressman getting involved.