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    Organ Donor Law May Keep Sarah Murnaghan From Getting The Life-Saving Lung Transplant She Needs : Medical Daily

    Should how old you are prevent you from getting a life saving transplant?

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    I think I need more information about why the age limit was put into place. Is it because children that young don't generally tolerate transplant surgery? Is it because the suppressive drugs stunt their development in other ways? Is it because adult organs are generally "too big" for them and don't work well? If there are valid medical reasons why an age limit is in place, then sadly I'd have to say yes. Maximizing the success rate of organ transplants across the board is a very reasonable thing to try to accomplish, and "wasting" donor organs on someone who isn't likely to survive and thrive isn't in anyone's best interest, including the child. If, however, the age limit is an arbitrary line in the sand, then I would say no, the person most in need should get the organ regardless of age.
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    Anyone know why they have this rule? If there is a significant difference in the success rate then I could see being behind it. As sad as this is, there is just not enough organs to go around, so I think they should go to the people with the highest chance of survival.

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    Anyone know why they have this rule? If there is a significant difference in the success rate then I could see being behind it. As sad as this is, there is just not enough organs to go around, so I think they should go to the people with the highest chance of survival.

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    I do not know what the reasoning is either. I originally saw the article on Fox, but looked for other articles to see if they would say anything different, but they all said pretty much the same thing.

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    I wonder if this is a new rule, or a rule specifically for lung transplants? There seem to be lots of kids who have received heart, kidney, and liver transplants.
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    I'm completely ignorant on the subject. Can children under 12 have their organs donated?

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    I do not know about Lung donation, but I do know that SIL had to be 18 to consent to donate her kidney to BIL. That said, I though a child could RECEIVE an organ. I am not sure what the difference between a kidney and a lung donation is.

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    According to huffpo, she is top on the list for pediatric donors but that list is small and that it's the adult list that she is lower on due to age. The whole background is listed in the article.

    Sara Murnaghan: Parents Of 10-Year-Old With End-Stage Cystic Fibrosis Challenging Organ Transplant Rule
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    Thanks for the other article. No mater how you slice it, this is a sad situation.

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