Fitzpatrick: Court’s Ruling Gives Hope to Sarah

Jun 5, 2013 Issues: Health
Fitzpatrick: Court’s Ruling Gives Hope to Sarah

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the announcement of a court ruling that will allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, and potentially other children, to be temporarily added to the adult list for a lung transplant.

The decision, made by Judge Michael Baylson, senior federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in the wake of a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction by Sarah’s family, halts the use of the “Under 12 Rule” for transplants.

Judge Baylson has set a preliminary injunction hearing for June 14 and has said he would consider temporary restraining orders on behalf of other children in similar circumstances to Sarah’s. The organ transplant network will hold an emergency review meeting on Monday.

“Today’s decision provides a spark of hope for Sarah, her family and the millions of caring and concerned people nationwide.

I applaud Judge Baylson’s timely, critical decision to allow medical professionals the opportunity to save Sarah’s life, and to force HHS and Secretary Sebelius to reconsider the role of government in determining eligibility for life-saving transplants.

My prayers for strength continue for Sarah and her family as this situation develops- but we are finally heading in the right direction.”

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.