Following what she called "intense interest" in the case of a 10-year-old girl who is waiting for a lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asked Friday for a review of the nation's lung allocation policy.
She also is seeking "new approaches for promoting pediatric and adolescent organ donation."
HHS oversees the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which sets organ allocation rules.
The family of Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square says the girl, who has cystic fibrosis, has been on the transplant list for 18 months. They have publicized her case, saying her condition is now worsening and that she may have only weeks to live. While Sarah is high on the list for organs from other children, which are in short supply, she would have faster access to adult organs if she were two years older. The family wants that part of the rules to change.