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Sebelius Writes To Organ Transplant Group As Sarah's Fight Goes On

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PHILADELPHIA -

There were some new developments Friday for a young girl battling a serious illness.

We've been telling you all week long about Sarah Murnaghan. She desperately needs a lung transplant.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is now getting involved, asking the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network to review its rules.

Sebelius wrote in part, "We must all be concerned that the nation's organ and transplant system is as fair and equitable as possible."

Sebelius also hopes to get more of the nation to register as organ donors.

Sarah, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, now has the support of senators, actors and more than 200,000 other Americans who signed an Internet petition on her behalf.

But she still doesn't have what she most desperately needs – a new set of lungs.

This case has captured the nation's attention because of its seeming unfairness. Would-be organ recipients like Sarah are put on a waiting list. The patients with the most urgent need get the organs first. Except if you're younger than 12.

The rules say children like 10-year-old Sarah must wait on a pediatric list, where organs are far rarer. Kids are not allowed on the adult list, even if their doctors insist adult organs could save their lives.

Sarah and her parents can only hope the transplantation board does change its policy quickly-- before it's too late.

FOX 29's Claudia Gomez has more details on Sarah's condition in the above video report.

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