PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A family spokeswoman says the lungs implanted in a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl at the center of a debate on organ donation are from an adult.
Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, is receiving her new lungs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
No other details about the donor are known, including whether they came through the regular donor system or through public appeals.
Murnaghan’s health was deteriorating when a judge intervened last week, giving her a chance at the much larger list of organs from adult donors.
Spokeswoman Maureen Garrity says the family received word about the lungs Tuesday night. The Newtown Square girl was in surgery just after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. As of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday KOIN 6 News learned her surgery is considered to be a success.
During double-lung transplants, surgeons must open up the patient’s chest. Complications can include rejection of the new lungs and infection.
Sarah’s family and the family of another cystic fibrosis patient at the hospital challenged transplant policy that made children under 12 wait for pediatric lungs to become available. They said pediatric lungs are rarely donated.
Garrity says the family is “beyond excited” but mindful that someone else “had to lose a family member.”
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