A 10-year-old girl whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation spurred public debate over how organs are allocated underwent a successful double-lung transplant on Wednesday, the girl’s family said.
Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, received new lungs from an adult donor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, spokeswoman Tracy Simon said.
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old girl in need of a lung transplant, is out of surgery, her family said in a statement.
“We are thrilled to share that Sarah is out of surgery,” the statement said. “Her doctors are very pleased with both her progress during the procedure and her prognosis for recovery.”
The statement said the procedure lasted about six hours, and surgeons had no challenges resizing and transplanting the donor lungs.
“We expect it will be a long road, but we’re not going for easy, we’re going for possible,” said Sarah’s mother, in a Facebook posting. “And an organ donor has made this possible for her.” She earlier wrote, after receiving news of the organ donor: “God is great. He moved the mountain,” the Daily Mail reported.