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Judge rules in favor of Sarah Murnaghan, Pa. girl who needs lung

Published On: Jun 05 2013 05:28:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 06 2013 06:27:06 AM EDT

Delaware Co. girl added to adult lung transplant list


A federal judge in Philadelphia has made a dying 10-year-old eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson said he is granting the temporary request because of the severity of Sarah Murnaghan's condition.

Her mother, Janet Murnaghan, said the family is thrilled by the ruling. It's in effect until a June 14 court hearing.


The Newtown Square, Delaware Co., family is challenging organ transplant rules that say children under age 12 must wait for pediatric lungs to become available. The Murnaghans said that rarely happens.

Sarah's doctors believe they can perform a successful transplant with adult lungs.

Sarah has been hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for three months with end-stage cystic fibrosis.

On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declined to intervene.