PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose parents sued to challenge national lung transplant rules has received a second set of lungs after the first failed, and her family says she’s taken some breaths on her own.
However, she faces another operation because of complications from earlier procedures.
The mother of Sarah Murnaghan says that the first set of lungs failed within hours of the June 12 transplant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She says she was placed back on the lung transplant list the night after her surgery and received a second set on June 15.
Sarah’s mother says the second transplant was a success. But, Sarah was placed back on a ventilator due to partial paralysis of her diaphragm, that’s not allowing her lungs to expand.
She is scheduled for surgery on Monday in an effort to repair her diaphragm.