Organ transplants

Judge Lifts Ban on Adding 10-Year-Old Girl to Lung Transplant List

But she still needs a match to live


A federal judge's ruling that moves 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan up the waiting list for a lung transplant means the little girl now has a "fighting chance at life," says Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa.

Meehan was one of several lawmakers who had been pushing to have the Health and Human Services Department relax the rules that give priority to patients age 12 and older.

But The Associated Press notes that while Wednesday's ruling temporarily allows Sarah to move up the list, that does not mean she is out of danger.