Lung transplant policy is revised for young children

In an emergency meeting on Monday, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network's executive committee voted to have the cases of children younger than age 12 who are seeking lung transplants be reviewed by a national board of lung transplant surgeons. Prompted by two lawsuits that challenged the existing transplant rules for pediatric patients, the revised policy would allow young patients, depending on the severity of their cases, to be placed on the adolescent and adult waiting lists for lungs while maintaining their position on the pediatric listing. One of the children involved in the lawsuits was slated to receive a lung transplant this morning.

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