Fitzpatrick: Sebelius Can Save Sarah

Jun 4, 2013 Issues: Health
Fitzpatrick: Sebelius Can Save Sarah

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued the following statement Tuesday regarding 10-year old cystic fibrosis patient Sarah Murnaghan:

“I was disappointed to hear today that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will be unable to help 10-year old Sarah Murnaghan who is awaiting a life-or-death lung transplant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In a letter last week, I called upon Secretary Sebelius to do everything in her power to help save Sarah- sadly, I had not heard back.

While Secretary Sebelius says that the decision about Sarah’s situation should be left to medical experts, it would take a change in the law from her end to allow Sarah access an adult lung- something doctors have recommended- based on condition, not age.

I stand with Sarah’s family, the millions of people nationwide who have become involved in her fight, and colleagues in Congress to doing everything we can to offer some hope in a difficult time.

I could not be more frustrated by the Secretary’s statements today. We must do more for all the people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, as well as reevaluate our laws governing organ transplants. This cannot be the final word on the matter. In the meantime I urge Sarah and her family to keep the faith.” 

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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.