Sebelius: Pa. girl on waiting list for adult lung

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In this May 30, 2013 photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, left, lies in her hospital bed next to adopted sister Ella on the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Murnaghan family)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The organ transplant network has placed a dying 10-year-old girl on the adult waiting list for a donated lung, complying with a judge’s unusual order.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that Sarah Murnaghan also remains on the priority list for a lung from a pediatric donor.

Sebelius said the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network made the change last night, after the government relayed the judge’s ruling.

The girls’ parents had challenged existing transplant policy that made children under 12 wait for pediatric lungs to become available, or be offered lungs donated by adults after adolescents and adults on the waiting list had been considered. The ruling applies only to Sarah, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis and has been awaiting a transplant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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