Tonight, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement after OPTN's transplant decision:
"I am grateful that the OPTN, tonight, decided to give kids the opportunity to be evaluated for lung transplants based on their medical need and suitability rather than just their age. While I would never substitute my judgment for that of medical experts, it is important that we remain vigilant in re-examining policies, especially when lives are at stake. We all have an obligation to do whatever we can to ensure that children and others awaiting transplants are given the best chance to survive. This includes encouraging individuals and families to consider organ donation so that more people waiting for organs are given the gift of life."