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June 28, 2013

10-year-old girl doing well after second lung transplant

PHILADELPHIA — A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double-lung transplant amid a national debate over the organ allocation process has undergone a second transplant after the first failed and is now taking some breaths on her own, the girl's parents said Friday.

Sarah Murnaghan's parents said in an email update that the first set of lungs failed after the June 12 transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Sarah was placed on machines. She received a second set of lungs on June 15.

Sarah initially received lungs from an adult donor after her parents sued over national rules that place children behind adolescents and adults on the list for adult lungs.

The girl's mother, Janet Murnaghan, said Sarah's condition began to "spiral out of control" following the first surgery. A second set of lungs was found and were transplanted though they were infected with pneumonia, making the surgery extra risky.

Her family said the second transplant was a success and Sarah has taken a few breaths on her own.

"Her doctors continue to wean her from her ventilator, her last two chest tubes were removed today we are taking steps to prepare her for extubation again," her parents said. "We're not out of the woods, but Sarah's health is trending in the right direction."

It was not clear if the second set of lungs were from an adult or juvenile donor.

The Newtown Square girl suffers from severe cystic fibrosis.

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