Support the news

How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs?15:11


Ashley Dias is 26 years old. She has cystic fibrosis. About six weeks ago, her lungs gave out. She was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic and told she'd need a lung transplant to survive.

Lungs are a scarce resource. But unlike many scarce resources, lungs aren't for sale. So doctors have had to develop a system to allocate them.

Ashley's life depends on that system.

Subscribe. Music: Florence + The Machine's "Heartlines." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify/ Tumblr.

Copyright NPR 2018.

+Join the discussion

Support the news