10-Year-Old Lung Transplant Patient Awakens from Coma

Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old girl who was at the center of the debate around whether children should be placed on priority lists for the transplant of adult organs, has awakened from a medically induced coma two weeks after a successful transplant of two lungs.  Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, was the case behind the ruling earlier this month temporarily allowing children under age 12 to receive adult organs.  More from NBC News:

Sarah Murnaghan was able to respond to questions, a family spokesperson told NBC10.com.

She received her new lungs on June 12, after spending three months at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with end-stage cystic fibrosis.

Sarah, of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, became the subject of national media headlines when her parents sued over national transplant rules that place children behind adolescents and adults on the list for adult lungs.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson intervened, ordering that Sarah be put on the adult list, where the urgency of her case led to a match days later.

The transplant isn’t a cure for cystic fibrosis, but it can extend her life by years.

Family spokesperson Tracy Simon said Sarah woke from the coma on Friday and was responding to simple questions by nodding to indicate yes or no, The Associated Press reported. Two days earlier, she was moved from a heavy-duty breathing machine to a traditional ventilator.

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