Church rallies around Delaware Co. girl in need of transplant
PHILADELPHIA - June 2, 2013 (WPVI) -- A local church is rallying around 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan. The young cystic fibrosis patient is in desperate need for a pair of lungs and her parents' battle to save her life remains in the national spotlight.
In the meantime, her parish of 3,000 is appealing to a higher power.
"She's getting the full nine yards from our services," said Glenn Porter.
In Wayne, Murnaghan's case is dominating the gospel at St. David's Episcopal Church.
"Jesus, who we follow, was great for breaking the rules when they needed to be broken for healing," said Father Sandy McCurdy.
The rules Father McCurdy is talking about are those of the Organ Procurement Transplant Network.
Murnaghan is on the adult waiting list. However, under U.S. transplant guidelines, a lung from an adult donor would first be offered to adults in the region.
Doctors say Murnaghan might only have weeks left.
Following pleas from her family, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote a letter Friday to the Organ Procurement Transplant Network, asking for a review of the way organs are allocated.
The Murnaghan's feel that more could have been done.
"We're very disappointed, she's decided not to take any immediate action right now and essentially left Sarah to die," said Fran Murnaghan, Sarah's father.
The review Secretary Sebelius requested could take months.
Meanwhile, the clergy from Murnaghan's church remain at her bedside.
"We've been with them all these 18 months they've been on the waiting list, praying for them, trying to support them anyway they can," said Reverend Hillary Raining.
In another effort, St. David's Episcopal Church plans to hold a vigil for the young girl and her family on Friday.
They will also be making donation cards available. If signed, the card will allow someone to donate their lungs specifically to Murnaghan.
philadelphia, children, delaware county, local/state, annie mccormick
- DeCoatsworth seeks to withdraw guilty plea 15 min ago
- AccuWeather: Thunderstorms possible today
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Police: Delco 2nd grade teacher groped 2 girls
- 2 dead after building explosion in New York City
- Skippack student hospitalized with meningitis infection
- Phila. cop charged with false imprisonment 37 min ago
- Jordan Brown murder case goes to Pa. high court 54 min ago
- Fatal house fire in Coatesville, Chester County
- Man in boxers attacks police station, cars
- NJ teen who sued parents returns home
- Pa. state senator charged with misuse of office 47 min ago
- Self-penned obit takes internet by storm