A 10-year-old girl whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation drew public debate over how donated lungs are allocated was getting a transplant Wednesday, her family said.
The national organization that manages organ transplants rejected making emergency rule changes Monday for children under 12 who are waiting on lungs, but created a special appeal and review system to hear such cases.
The national organ transplant network has complied with a judge’s unusual order and placed a dying 10-year-old girl on the adult waiting list for a donated lung, and a patient at the same hospital asked the court for the same relief.
More than half a century ago, Pope Francis lost part of his right lung. It was removed because of pneumonia.