Concerns have been raised about the plight of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl dying of cystic fibrosis who just received a lung transplant in Philadelphia even though she is under the cutoff age of 12 for an adult lung. I would like to correct some of the misconceptions about the lung allocation system and how it pertains to children, and offer some suggestions.
Lung disease is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. Lung transplantation improves survival and quality of life for patients suffering from end-stage lung disease, but it is severely constrained by a shortage of suitable lungs from conventional organ donors.
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