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Spokesman: Girl's condition is worsening

Thursday - 6/6/2013, 3:02pm  ET

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A family spokeswoman says a dying 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl's condition has worsened as she awaits a lung transplant.

The national organ transplant network complied with a judge's unusual order last night and placed the girl, Sarah Murnaghan, on the adult waiting list for a donated lung. The girl has end-stage cystic fibrosis and has been awaiting a transplant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the girl also remains on the priority list for a lung from a pediatric donor.

Sarah's parents had challenged existing transplant policy that made children under 12 wait for pediatric lungs to become available, or be offered lungs donated by adults after adolescents and adults on the waiting list had been considered.

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APPHOTO PAHO501: FILE - In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, center, celebrates the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, left, and mother, Janet. A federal judge in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 made the dying 10-year-old eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list. (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File) (4 Jun 2013)

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APPHOTO PAHO502: FILE - In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, left, lies in her hospital bed next to adopted sister Ella on the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A federal judge in Philadelphia has made the dying 10-year-old eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list. (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File) (4 Jun 2013)

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