Girl at Center of Organ Transplant Debate is Getting New Lung

By: National AP Email
By: National AP Email

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia hospital isn't releasing any information about the lung transplant that Sarah Murnaghan's family says she's receiving today.

The battle by the family of the 10-year-old girl to qualify her for an organ donation prompted public debate over how organs are allocated. Last week, a federal judge intervened, giving her a chance at the much larger list of organs from adult donors.

But it's not clear whether she's getting an adult lung or one from a child. A hospital spokeswoman says she has no information to release.

The girl's mother, Janet Murnaghan, said in a Facebook post that the family is "overwhelmed with emotions." She's thanking all of Sarah's supporters.

The case could bring change for other children. Another young patient at the hospital -- who, like Sarah, has cystic fibrosis -- also went to court to be added to the adult donor list.


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