Canadians didn´t invent the wheel, but occasionally they are in the right path in terms of health care measures.
In Philadelphia, two terminally-children need to receive a lung transplant that would save their lives.
Javier Acosta is a boy of 12-years-old who has cystic fibrosis. And Sarah Murnaghan is a 11 year old girl. Both have Cystic fibrosis, which is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs.
According with National organ donor policy the priority of the system is for people of 12 and older. And Javier is 12 and Sarah is 10. Javier´s brother died two years ago of the same disease.
The debate is about the fairness of transplant policies. Some specialists said that this is fair, because is equal for everyone. For instance, secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Health and human services, didn´t want to intervene in Sarah´s case because other 40 children in Pennsylvania over 12 were waiting for a lung transplant.
The Canadian system is different, and is also much more fair. Such case would never occur in Canada. There is a single list and children are on top of that list.
CTV news Canada informed, that Roonie Gavsie, president of the Gift of Live Network said that Canadian system is working, “we have a list where the most medically needy person, who has been on the wait list the longest, will be the first to get the organ, regardless of age”.
And Dr Gary Levy, director of the multi-organ transplant program at Toronto´s University Health Network said, “We believe children come first. We consulted widely… we believe children are a priority”.
On another hand back in United States, Lawrence O. Gostin, health law professor, said “People who have privilege or people who complain more loudly or have political voice shouldn´t be able to claim special treatment”.
Dr. John Roberts, Organ Procurement and Transplantation said, “ under-12 year old policy for lungs accounts for younger children´s different medical needs. They are particular hard to transplant, children don´t tend to fare as well and adults lungs not always fit them”.
However, Canadian Dr, Levy, said otherwise, “age should not be a factor, as adults lungs can be modified to fit smaller child´s body”.
The organization that decides the organ transplant policy will have an emergency meeting next week. A big discussion is ahead between the federal court, desperate parents and the Obama administration.
This is not a game, the life of many innocent children is at risk. Canada has a fair system and it might be the time to learn something from them.
BY: Oskar Guzman
SOURCE: CTV news, Fox news, ABC news