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Rep. Barletta Statement on Pediatric Lung Transplant Decision


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to allow for a case-by-case review of pediatric transplant candidates while a year-long review of the policy is undertaken. The statement is as follows:

"This is certainly welcome news and a victory for children like Sarah Murnaghan and Javier Acosta, who have been desperately waiting for lung transplants that seemed almost impossible because they have been stranded on the pediatric candidate list. The rule that a child must be 12-years-old to be considered for the adult list seemed arbitrary and blind to medical realities of each individual situation. No one should be discriminated against for transplant consideration solely based on age.

"Thanks to judicial rulings, these two children were granted a small window of opportunity last week, but hopefully today's decision by OPTN will mean a greater chance of survival for them and others who fall into their category.

"What the parents have been asking for all along is equitable treatment -- not special or extraordinary treatment. This is good news and I continue to pray for the health and future growth of these two sick children and others like them across the country."

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