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(CBS News)   It took a court order, but a 10-year old girl with only weeks to live is now allowed to receive adult lungs   ( divider line
    More: Strange, lung transplant, court orders, adult lungs, suspend the rules, Robert Bales, lungs, Lou Barletta, Kathleen Sebelius  
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2013-06-06 11:18:52 PM  
One last point: If half of the people up in arms about the situation said "yes" in the event that they were requested to donate the organs of their child, this would not be a problem. Be an organ donor, and allow the same for your child if something tragic occurs.
2013-06-07 11:29:16 AM  

SecretAgentWoman: There is no guarantee yet she'll get lungs before she dies.

But honestly, shoehorning too-big adult lungs into a child that may not even be able to use them to leave an adult or even possibly an OLDER child to die is so much more humane, right?


I grieve for the child and parents, but truly, medicine is not perfect, and life sometimes sucks. A line has to be drawn somewhere, and kicking others down to claw your way over them is not really in the spirit of life.

Actually, that pretty much IS the spirit of life. What we think of as our better angels are aspirational and all but they aren't how the engine of life operates.
2013-06-07 07:54:01 PM  
FTFA: The ruling by a U.S. district court means that the under-12 rule can no longer be applied to Sarah and she can be considered for lungs from donors of any age. Last year there were more than 1,700 adult lungs available, and all but 20 came from donors over age 11.

So 20 adult lungs came from donors under age 11?
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