Ethicist: Teens have high failure rates after organ transplants — but cut them some slack
from NBC News
Remember the long fight over whether Sarah Murnaghan, the little 10-year-old girl from suburban Philadelphia who was dying from cystic fibrosis, should have a shot at getting a transplant from lungs taken from an adult? The fight hinged in part on whether there was sufficient evidence to show that adult lungs would work as well in Sarah, who is still struggling to recover from two lung transplants, as they would in another adult where they would fit better. Some argued that the best way to allocate scarce lungs for Sarah or anyone else is to determine who is most likely to live if they get them.
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