Organ donations and transplants: rules and ethics
June 26, 2013
Guests: Scott Halpern and Kathi Clapham
The story of the 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan and her familyâ€™s fight to lift the age restrictions on the adult lung transplant list made headlines around the country. Sarahâ€™s lungs had been destroyed by cystic fibrosis and she was in desperate need of a new pair but because she was under twelve years of age, she was ineligible for adult lungs. After online petitions, a massive PR campaign, and repeated national media coverage, a U.S. District Judge intervened, ordering that Sarah and an 11-year-old from New York City, Javier Acosta, be added to the adult transplant list. Two weeks ago, Sarah Murnaghan underwent a lung transplant at Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Philadelphia. This hour we examine the complicated ethical questions raised by this case around organ donations, how the rules a set and when they can be broken.Â Weâ€™ll also explore why more people donâ€™t donate their organs. Martyâ€™s guests are pulmonologist and bioethicist, SCOTT HALPERN from the University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Perelman School of Medicine and KATHI CLAPHAM, a lung-transplant recipient who is now an advocated for organ donation.