Surgeries

Hahnemann University Hospital has voluntarily inactivated its heart transplant program because, the hospital said, it lacked backup surgical care.
Q: Can I donate one of my lungs now to someone awaiting a transplant?
One day after receiving a set of adult lungs, 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square was recovering Thursday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia while thousands of congratulatory messages went up on her Facebook page.
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Newtown Square girl dying of cystic fibrosis, survived six hours of surgery Wednesday to receive lungs from an adult donor - a transplant made possible by her family's fight to change lung-allocation rules.
Political and legal pressure have won Sarah Murnaghan and Javier Acosta better odds of getting a lung transplant before cystic fibrosis can kill them, but the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia patients still must wait in a very complicated line defined by age, geography, blood type, size, severity of illness, and the chances of survival after the
A federal judge intervened Thursday to improve the odds that a second dying child could get a lung transplant from an adult donor in a fast-moving drama that has tugged at the public's heartstrings while raising concerns among ethicists.
A federal judge in Philadelphia ordered the government Wednesday to suspend a lung allocation rule so that 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan could be considered for donated lungs from adults.
Saying that three other children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are just as sick, Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she would not personally intervene to help a local 10-year-old whose desperate family wants organ-allocation rules changed to give her a better shot at a lung transplant.
The parents of a 10-year-old Newtown Square girl who is in dire need of a lung transplant have made a public appeal for a lung donation from any family that loses a loved one.
Following what she called "intense interest" in the case of a 10-year-old girl who is waiting for a lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asked Friday for a review of the nation's lung allocation policy.

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