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11-Year-Old Lung Transplant Patient Returns Home

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Sarah Murnaghan has finally returned home. The 11-year-old, who has cystic fibrosis, underwent a double lung transplant earlier this summer after a federal judge temporarily changed the national policy governing organ transplants, allowing Murnaghan to be placed on adult transplant lists. More from NBC News:

“Sarah’s looking forward to being a regular little kid,” her mother, Janet Murnaghan, said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “We’re looking forward to Sarah having a nice long life.”

The child with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the lung transplants in June after a federal judge intervened on her parents’ behalf and allowed her to be considered earlier on the adult lung transplant list for her region. The move sparked a furious national debate about lung transplant allocation and changed the way the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network considers cases of severely ill children waiting for the transplants.

A first set of lungs failed, and Sarah received a second set three days later.

Sarah has improved enough to be free of oxygen for the first time in 2 1/2 years, though she still needs some help from a machine to breathe, she’s walking short distances on her own and engaging in physical therapy to gain strength, according to her mother, who has posted updates about her daughter to Facebook. Tests of lung tissue showed no sign of rejection, the mother wrote.

Image: Sarah Murnaghan, via NBC News

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10-Year-Old Lung Transplant Patient Awakens from Coma

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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

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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