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Valley Lung Recipient Shocked Over Penn. Girls Legal Fight

DINUBA, Calif. (KMPH) -


A Dinuba woman has a new lease on life after undergoing a double lung transplant in 2011. But Brenda Scarfield was shocked to hear that a Pennsylvania girl had to fight in federal court to receive an adult organ transplant.

In December 2011 Brenda Scarfield moved to the top of the organ donor list in just three days and got the lungs she needed.  "My lungs that they put in were a little bit too big for my cavity so they modified them and took the right middle lobe out to make them fit."

A ten year old Pennsylvania girl needed the same operation.  But transplant policy made children under twelve wait for pediatric lungs.  She could only get  lungs donated by adults after children and adults on the waiting list had been considered.  Scarfield says the whole ordeal broke her heart.   "To have some rule in place that you can't get lungs because of your age or get adult lungs.   We're here to help people."

The girl's parents challenged the rule and a federal judge gave her the green light to go ahead.

Brenda Scarfield is back to spending quality time with her grand kids and has never felt better.  "Oh my gosh yes now I can breathe.   I can just about do anything I want to do and there's just no feeling like it."  She still has to undergo check–ups every three months but so far so good. 

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