Pulling for Sarah: A Unique Perspective on Lung Transplant Case
My brother has a lung disorder related to rheumatoid arthritis which may eventually cause him to need a lung transplant. It’s as troubling to write about as it was to hear about a few months ago.
Were my brother at the top of the lung transplant list and a judge decided to change the rules and give the next available donor lung to a little girl we did not know existed and even though kids under 12 heretofore were at the bottom of the list, my brother would insist she have it. It’s just who he is. (Yeah, well, you try competing with someone like that all your life.)
Were it my niece who needed a lung transplant (God forbid) and a judge decided to change the rules and give the next available donor lung to her even though the adult next in line for a transplant did not know any of us existed and even though kids under 12 heretofore were at the bottom of the list, my brother would insist she have it. And he would expect the adult atop the list to understand.
So sitting here writing this blog entry as 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan undergoes double-lung transplant surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and after carefully considering the case and listening to the public debate about whether the judge overstepped his bounds in moving her to the top of the list, all with a personal bias toward adults going first, I’m still left feeling the right thing was done here.
How can you argue against it?