10-Year-Old’s Lung Transplant Complete

Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania cystic fibrosis patient who’s been at the center of the debate over organ transplant policy, underwent a lung transplant yesterday, receiving adult lungs and a positive prognosis from her doctors.  Earlier this week, the national policy governing transplants was given a one-year change, allowing children under age 12 to be placed on priority lists to receive transplants of adult organs.

CNN reports on Murnaghan’s surgery:

Her surgery took about six hours, and there were no complications resizing or transplanting the adult lungs, according to family spokeswoman Tracy Simon.

A statement said the family was elated and that the doctors say Sarah’s prognosis is good.

“We expect it will be a long road, but we’re not going for easy, we’re going for possible. And an organ donor has made this possible for her,” the family said, calling the family of the deceased person who donated the lungs “true heroes.”

Sarah “did extremely well” and was in intensive care after the procedure, Simon said.

The parents’ push for an organ transplant policy change has thrust the issue of who gets donated organs into the national spotlight. Earlier this week, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network’s executive committee approved a one-year change that makes children younger than 12 eligible for priority on adult lung transplant lists.

Sarah received lungs donated by an adult, according to Simon, meaning the lungs needed to be modified. An OPTN news release said Monday that since 2007 only one patient younger than 12 had received adult lungs.

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