Judge orders girl added to adult lung transplant list.

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary to suspend existing organ allocation rules to give a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl a better chance at a life-saving lung transplant.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said yesterday she will not intervene in the heartbreaking case of a 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis who is in desperate need of a lung transplant. Since Sarah Murnaghan

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary to suspend existing organ allocation rules to give a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl a better chance at a life-saving lung transplant.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson told Kathleen Sebelius to direct the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, or OPTN, to make an exception to the so-called “Under-12″ rule as it applies to Sarah Murnaghan, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis, for at least 10 days, until a hearing on June 14. That move means that the girl can be considered more quickly for organs as an adult, instead of being limited to the pediatric transplant list. 

As of 10:34 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, Sarah was placed on the adult transplant list, while also retaining priority status on the pediatric list, according to a letter sent Thursday from Sebelius to Dr. John Roberts, head of the OPTN board of directors. 

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