Court Orders Sebelius to Suspend Death Panel – Place Dying 10 Year-Old Girl on Transplant List

A federal judge ordered HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius to suspend her death panel and place 10 year-old Sarah Murnaghan on the lung donor list.

Kathleen Sebelius did not want to intervene on the case.
“Some people live. Some people die.”

The Politico reported:

A federal judge has ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old in Pennsylvania dying of cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. Normally federal policy prevents children younger than 12 from receiving donated adult lungs, but Sebelius has been under pressure to change the policy.

The parents of the girl asked the judge on Wednesday to order Sebelius to alter organ donation rules so that the dying child has a better chance of receiving new lungs. They say she is running out of time. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson granted a temporary restraining order to exempt Murnaghan from the current policy, and there will be a hearing on June 14.

Sebelius has come under intense pressure in this case, which is receiving media and online attention. Some medical ethicists, however, say that while the organ allocation policy may well need to be reviewed and changed, they worry about making case-by-case decisions based in part on emotional media attention.

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