Court Decision Could Help Girl, 10, Survive End-Stage Cystic Fibrosis


UPDATED: Thursday June 6, 2013 5:15 PM

A landmark court decision could a 10-year-old girl a better chance of surviving into adulthood.

Sarah Murnaghan has end-stage cystic fibrosis.

Current laws require her to be on the pediatric transplant waiting list until age 12, but viable child lung donors are rare.

This week, a judge ruled that Murnaghan can be placed on the national donor registry for adults.

The case grabbed the attention of lawmakers and the Obama administration.

Doctors said Murnaghan now has a chance at survival.

“Her case what they may be able to do is take a larger adult lung and take the top or bottom lobes of half of each lung and put it into each side of her,” said Dr. Joshua Sonnett of Columbia University’s Medical Center. “So she will in effect have a full set of lungs.”

Now Sarah will wait for a viable lung to become available.

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