The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl in desperate need of a lung transplant and they’re asking for help.
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PENNSYLVANIA - The parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl in desperate need of a lung transplant and they're asking for help.
Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown square suffers from cystic fibrosis, and has been on a transplant list for about 18 months, but she only qualifies for a rare pediatric lung.
Last year 1,500 adult lungs were donated, compared to just 20 from children.
The organ procurement recruit board, overseen by the U.S. department of health and human services, will not approve Sarah for an adult lung, because she is under 12-years old.
Her mother says that's not fair, and Sarah's time is running out.
"The way it's set up it's stacked against kids. Children are at a disadvantage and all I am saying is it's not right," Sarah's mom, Janet Murnaghan said.
Sarah's parents are appealing to the department of health and human services.. to get her an adult lung from the next available donor.
They're getting support from Senator Pat Toomey and Rep. Pat Meehan and the public can help too by signing a petition on change.org. Click here to see the petition: