Sarah Murnaghan, the Newtown Square girl who underwent a double lung transplant after her family successfully challenged national transplant regulations, no longer needs supplemental oxygen.
Sarah, who turned 11 this month (aug), also is now able to walk with a walker, though she needs a wheelchair for long distances, her mother, Janet Murnaghan, said Sunday via text message.
Sarah stopped receiving supplemental oxygen on Saturday, though for the time being she still breathes through a tube in her trachea — with the aid of a machine that maintains positive airway pressure, similar to what is used for sleep apnea.
“We are thrilled,” Janet Murnaghan said.
Sarah received a set of adult lungs on June 12. After they failed, she received a second set three days later.
Previously, national rules stated that adult donor lungs must be offered to all wait-listed adults before being used in a child.
A federal judge intervened, allowing Sarah’s transplants to proceed. Subsequently, the national panel that oversees lung transplants enacted a temporary change in the rules, allowing children to receive adult lungs on a case-by-case basis, depending on need.
Janet Murnaghan said her daughter’s prognosis is good, though she has a long stretch of physical rehabilitation in front of her.
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