Child Undergoes Life-Saving Lung Transplant After Public Outcry

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As parents of young children, both Carson and Producer Angie have been glued to the news for the past week or so keeping tabs on 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan’s fight to qualify for the adult organ transplant list in Pennsylvania.

Her prayers were finally answered yesterday. The child, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, is recovering in a Philadelphia hospital after receiving a lung from an adult donor.

Carson and Producer Angie have been following this story for a couple weeks now and were thrilled to hear the good news.

“I was so excited to hear that yesterday,” said Producer Angie.

“It seems to me that those with the life expectancy that’s [at the greatest risk] or women who can reproduce, those are the sorts of people you want to help first,” Carson reasoned.

“Especially when they say if she got these lungs, she could live a long, healthy life,” Angie added. “It seems dumb not to give her lungs. You know what I mean?”

Murnaghan’s story went viral when people found out she was getting constantly pushed to the bottom of the waiting list as part of the Under 12 policy.

“I guess because of the way the health rules are, you don’t get on the adult lung donor list,” Carson explained. “You have to wait until you’re over 12.”

The family eventually obtained a court order that made her status equal to adults.

Given Sarah’s age and diagnosis, Carson and Producer Angie were surprised at how difficult it was to approve the life-saving operation.

“If I’m on that list and someone comes up to me, I’d say ‘Yeah, give [the lungs] to the little girl,’” said Carson.

Learn more about Sarah’s story below:


-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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