Sen. Pat Toomey has taken on the uncaring federal health care establishment in an attempt to to save the life of a 10-year-old Newtown Square girl.
He notes that Sarah Murnaghan may have just weeks to live. Sarah has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant. She is fighting for her life at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“Pediatric organ donors are in short supply and the likelihood of Sarah receiving a pediatric lung in time is virtually non-existent,” Toomey said.
This is due, in part, because the decision is being made based on a waiting list rather than medical necessity.
Toomey notes that a federal mandate that allocation policies be based on medical necessity only applies to patients over the age of 12.
Sen. Toomey is asking the Department of Health Human Services for intervention.
“I have asked Secretary Sebelius to do everything she can to assist Sarah and I hope and pray that red tape doesn’t get in the way of helping her. I understand we need rules to prioritize organ transplants, but the fact that Sarah is 10 and not 12 shouldn’t be a reason to deny her a chance at life,” he said.
Toomey is also promoting this petition to save Sarah created by her family.