Pennsylvania girl gets second lung transplant after first failed
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By Francesca Trianni
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who sparked a
national debate about child access to organ donation took her first
independent breath this week on a second set of donor lungs after her
first transplant failed, the girl's family said on Friday.
Sarah Murnaghan, who had cystic fibrosis and needed a lung
transplant, had been kept off an adult organ transplant list due to an
age restriction. She became eligible for an adult pair of lungs only
after a judge's order.
The girl received the first transplant on June 12 but had to be put
back on a waiting list to receive another organ donation after
The girl underwent a second surgery, her family said in a statement,
performed by the same surgeon who did the first transplant, Dr. Thomas
Spray, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"The road to recovery is long and Sarah's fight is not over,"
parents Janet and Fran Murnaghan, who live in the Philadelphia suburb of
Newtown Square, wrote on Facebook on Friday.
The girl's family had sued to prevent the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services from enforcing a policy that prevents children under
12 from receiving adult lung transplants, even if they are extremely
The girl was set to undergo another surgery on Monday to provide the
lungs with greater volume for expansion and remove a tube, the family's
If it holds true the lungs were substandard, are we just transplanting any available organ now or is it specific for this case or was it the dire circumstances which lead to it? Which further leads to the question would these have actually gone to save anyone else?