Organ Transplant

Sarah Murnaghan: Bureaucracy Run Amok

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama

A Crow’s View is hoping Sarah Murnaghan’s lung transplant is a success. Her case inspires passion and hope that everyone, regardless of political affiliation, can support. However, when Kathleen Sebelius denied intervening on behalf of the Murnaghan’s; she inadvertently stepped into a public relations nightmare because if the surgery is a success her statement, “some people live some people die”, will undoubtedly haunt her and the administration. On the other hand, if the surgery fails or Sarah dies due to complications. Then the administrations decision not to intervene appears to be justified.

I don’t understand why the HHS Secretary positioned herself and our government to benefit more if Sarah’s surgery fails. I find this disturbing! This position reveals the ineptitude of big government; moreover, it is a stark example of bureaucracy run amok.

While this entire episode was playing out in the news, there was no shortage of passing the buck. Congress blamed Sebelius for denying Sarah a place on the transplant list. In turn, the HHS Secretary criticized pediatric transplant policies that set the age requirement.

The bottom line is Sebelius had the authority to suspend the rules and help this family. Her refusal to intervene is a senseless act of callousness or stupidity. It should not have taken a court order to allow Sarah Murnaghan a shot at life. In fact, this issue should never have elevated to the point where a member of President Obama’s cabinet has to make a decision directly affecting an individual’s health, let alone life or death.

This issue’s rise to prominence will force debate on a host of topics. A public relations battle will surely ensue, and political lines will be drawn. Before we enter into the miasma this issue will bring. We should all take a moment and wish Sarah Murnaghan and her family well. If you’re a person of faith say a prayer; those of a secular ideology take a moment of silence.