The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


June 8, 2013

U.S. medical policies shouldn’t be overruled


---- — Some people are against it because they say it’s like “playing God.” Really? But if there is a God who gave us the brains and the technology to do it, why shouldn’t and wouldn’t we?

I would rather have scientists dealing with these kind of problems than judges who are politically motivated to make decisions that might hurt others.

There is no guarantee that Sarah will find a match in time. But if she does and they transplant adult lungs into her, the chances of her survival are questionable. If she does die, what then? That means two people died because someone else – maybe even a 12-year-old – won’t get the lungs he or she needed to live because they went to Sarah.

Right here in Mercer County we have people on various transplant lists. Sadly, some won’t live long enough to receive them because there aren’t enough organs to go around.

And as disheartening as it is, there are children everywhere who will die much too young because of it. Regardless, there have to be rules on who gets those organs.

As harsh as the message is, until we find ways to actually produce artificial or genetically developed organs, it’s pretty clear – even children like Sarah Murnaghan will die.

The Herald’s Lynn Saternow writes this column each Saturday for the Opinion Page. He can be reached at

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