Court Grants Dying Child A Chance At Adult Lung Transplant

Court Grants Dying Child A Chance At Adult Lung TransplantA federal court judge has granted a temporary order that will allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who is dying from cystic fibrosis and desperately needs new lungs, to join an adult organ transplant list.

‘Under 12 Rule’

Judge Michael Baylson made his ruling after hearing oral arguments Wednesday afternoon on a federal lawsuit filed by Sarah’s parents, challenging the “Under 12 Rule” that was keeping the 10-year-old off the adult transplant list.

Baylson’s order tells Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to direct the group that manages the organ transplant list to cease application of it in Sarah’s case. And if there is another child in the judicial district in Sarah’s situation, the judge would consider and probably grant a temporary restraining order for them, too, if the case is presented in court.


‘Hope’

In a statement issued late Wednesday afternoon, the family said, “We are experiencing many emotions: relief, happiness, gratitude and, for the first time in months: hope.”

Experts, though, questioned Baylson’s decision on both medical and ethical grounds. Lung transplants are the most difficult of organ transplants, and children fare worse than adults, which is one reason for the existing policy, said Dr. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Did Judge Michael Baylson make the right decision when he made Sarah Murnaghan eligible for the adult lung transplant list? Do you think she will have a successful operation?

Source: Fox News

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Happy Ending For Hope: Tortured Texas Dog Adopted

Hope, the dog found brutally tortured in Texas last week, has a new home. According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, the pug mix has been adopted by the family whose ranch she was first spotted wandering on.

Charlie and Kit Moncrief have agreed to adopt Hope, who continues to recover from what the Dallas Morning News described as “one of the worst cases of animal cruelty ever reported in the county.” Hope was found dehydrated, her mouth sealed shut with electrical tape and her tongue protruding. She had five large cuts that took more than 100 stitches to close.

Veterinarians at Bowie Drive Animal Hospital say that Hope, who is estimated to be between 3 and 4 years old, will make a full recovery, though she may need part of her tongue removed.


Hope’s story, coming the same week as a dog was put to sleep in Northern Ireland for looking like a pit bull, garnered worldwide media attention–and more than $35,000 offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said they have investigated several leads but are still seeking the suspect or suspects involved.

“This is the bottom line,” Fowler added. “If they will torture a defenseless creature, what else are they capable of? We need to find the person(s) responsible for this.”

Are you happy that Hope is finally headed to a new and loving home after the ordeal she endured? Do you know of other stories similar to this one? Share them with us to inspire change in others!

Source: Yahoo News

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