Pennsylvania girl gets second lung transplant after first failed

NEW YORK Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:36pm EDT

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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 complications arose.

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 ill.

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 statement said.

(Reporting By Francesca Trianni; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Leslie Adler)

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Luca0002 wrote:
You see now that her parents petitioned to have her go ahead of someone on the adult list just had two people die to save their daughter to circumvent a long standing organ donation system. I want to know now what that judge has to say about moving people up on a list that doctors say these children should not be on.

I am an Organ recipient and I waited 6.5 years for my organ. everyone who goes on that list knows the risk they are well informed that they know that it isn’t a guarantee they will get an organ that they could die waiting. and to top that off if they are parents they are informed as well. I am so angry right now at what these parents did because they robbed a well deserving individual of a set of lungs out of selfishness, they had a responsibility to the program. having a daughter who was a part of that program they should know how important that program is to every person on it not just their daughter. Now they should know they not only caused severe controversy within the transplant program they may have caused a Judge his career , a another individual his life and still may not have saved their daughter’s life,

Lastly I sure hope this set of lungs works for your daughter because I sure would hope that yet another individual lost their life needlessly due to your selfishness. and no I don’t feel bad about making you feel bad you killed two people hoping to save your kid when you very well knew the risk

Jun 29, 2013 1:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Luca0002 wrote:
You see now that her parents petitioned to have her go ahead of someone on the adult list just had two people die to save their daughter to circumvent a long standing organ donation system. I want to know now what that judge has to say about moving people up on a list that doctors say these children should not be on.

I am an Organ recipient and I waited 6.5 years for my organ. everyone who goes on that list knows the risk they are well informed that they know that it isn’t a guarantee they will get an organ that they could die waiting. and to top that off if they are parents they are informed as well. I am so angry right now at what these parents did because they robbed a well deserving individual of a set of lungs out of selfishness, they had a responsibility to the program. having a daughter who was a part of that program they should know how important that program is to every person on it not just their daughter. Now they should know they not only caused severe controversy within the transplant program they may have caused a Judge his career , a another individual his life and still may not have saved their daughter’s life,

Lastly I sure hope this set of lungs works for your daughter because I sure would hope that yet another individual lost their life needlessly due to your selfishness. and no I don’t feel bad about making you feel bad you killed two people hoping to save your kid when you very well knew the risk

Jun 29, 2013 1:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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