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Transplant experts to discuss new rules

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Transplant experts are debating new rules for children in need.

The national organization that manages organ transplants rejected emergency rule changes that would allow young children to receive adult lung transplants.

But, it created a special appeal and review system to hear special cases.

The debate was prompted by a federal judge's ruling last week allowing a terminally ill 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy the opportunity to have access to adult lungs.

Under existing rules, patients under the age of 12, may not receive adult lung transplants.

Senator Pat Toomey, a republican from Pennsylvania, met the parents of one of those children Monday and says it's time to fix this flawed policy.

Toomey says he will continue to petition the Secretary of Health and Human Services to remove the age restriction.

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