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Changes Made to Adolescent Lung Transplant Process

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There has been a slight change in rules for children under age 12 who are seeking lung transplants.

Washington University professor Dr. Stuart Sweet is medical director of the Lung Transplant Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and a board member of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, a group which sets the rules for who can receive which organs.

“The committee decided to grant access to children under 12 through a review board process to increase their priority within the allocation sequences for adolescents and adult lung donors,” Sweet explains.

Sweet says this gives children under 12 more priority than before, though all decisions will still be based on the suitability of the donated organ and the urgency for transplant.

“It gives them additional priority about where they were previously and it will be set up so their priority is based on their estimated benefit from transplant and urgency for transplant,” he said.

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