Girl's 'Adult' Lung Transplant Surgery a Success

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The family who waged a national fight to get their 10-year-old daughter, Sarah Murnaghan, on an adult lung transplant list have said Wednesday's surgery was a success.

The child's aunt, Sharon Ruddock, spoke to Philadelphia news reporters after the surgery.

"The first doctor that came up, he said that it was flawless," Ruddock said. "It was a fantastic set of lungs that it looked beautiful going in and that was just an enormous relief."

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say Sarah, who battled a severe case of cystic fibrosis, could be awake in 48 hours and headed home sometime in the next three weeks to two months.
Wednesday's surgery came after Sarah's parents challenged the transplant policy that makes children under 12 wait for pediatric lungs.

On June 5, a U.S. district judge in Philadelphia ruled the 10-year-old should be eligible for adult lungs.

Sarah's mother, Janet Murnaghan, spoke with reporters during the six-hour surgery.

"The perspective of sitting in that room with that little girl since Saturday, being sedated and paralyzed and intubated and just feeling like we were going no where to today and being in that operating room, with a chance for a new beginning is amazing," Janet said.

The judge in Sarah's case also ruled an 11-year-old from New York City should be eligible for adult lungs.

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