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Help Save Sarah – Because Sometimes People Don’t Have to Die – Larry Mendte

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jun 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 08:00:26-04

***UPDATE***

A federal judge has ruled that Sarah must be put on the list to be eligible for adult lungs.  

What would you do to save your child’s life?  Anything.  You would do anything.

Most of us would give our own life if it meant saving our child.

So you can imagine the pain the parents of 10 year old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania are feeling.

The little girl has cystic fibrosis and has five weeks to live.  Doctors ate Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia say she needs a lung transplant.  There may be adult lungs available, but she is not allowed to get one until she is 12.  Who says so?  The government.  Not her doctors, not even her insurance company, it’s the government.  Welcome to government controlled healthcare.

Sarah’s parents, Janet and Fran, have been begging any politician who will listen to please help.  Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta took up their cause.  During a public hearing he took that cause directly to the top, pressing Kathlee Sibelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to please change the rule, not just for Sarah, but for thousands of children.

Her answer – “Someone lives.  Someone dies.”

I wonder if she would have given the same answer if it was a child of someone in the Obama administration, or a big campaign donor.

When I heard that answer, I remembered the accusations that government healthcare would result in death panels.  The accusation was ridiculed as preposterous.  And yet, here we are.

But all is not lost.  We have more power than we realize.  If each one of us posted on Twitter a Facebook, filled the Internet with the story of Sarah, and make certain our representatives see it by posting it on their Facebook page, we can save Sarah’s life and many other lives.  

We have five weeks.  Let’s get busy.