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Transplant Network Creates Appeal/Review System for Young Lung Patients
A special appeal and review system for children under age 12 on the U.S. lung transplant waiting list was announced Monday by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, but the group decided not to make emergency rule changes for this group of patients.
The teleconference was triggered by the cases of two children -- a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy -- who have end-stage cystic fibrosis and are waiting for lung transplants, the Associated Press reported.
The children's families challenged a national policy that requires patients under 12 to wait for lungs from children or to be given lungs from adults only after the lungs have first been offered to all teens and adults on the waiting list. Last week, a federal judge ruled that the two children should be eligible for adult lungs.
While trying to acknowledge the concerns raised by the judge, the transplant network was also sending a message with its decision Monday, according to a transplant ethics expert.
"I think what they're trying to tell the judge is, 'We have a system. It's working. Let us decide, not you,'" Dr. Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University Langone Medical Center, told the AP.