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Sarah Who Sparked Debate Gets Lung Transplant


Health & Wellness  (tags: Cystic Fibrosis, transplant, lung, risks, children, controversy, donor )

Sherri
- 436 days ago - vitals.nbcnews.com
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose quest for new lungs spurred changes in the nation's allocation system, was set to receive a transplant today,



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JL A. (275)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:48 pm
Thanks for sharing this wonderful news Sherri!
 

tasunka m. (334)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:02 pm
Thanks Sherri, precedent setting news.
 

Sherri G. (111)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:17 pm
Sarah went into surgery at 11:30AM this morning east coast time. The transplant comes from an adult donor. Surgery is expected to take 6-7 hours. Sarah's outcome is tenuous until she stabilizes after surgery. The Judge who intervened gave a 1 year time line to allow HHS (Secretary Kathleen Sebelius) time to research the viability of the Juge's transplant rule change for adolescents under 12 years old. We all will be watching and praying for Sarah's recovery. One thing for sure her outcome will effect the Judges decision to put Sarah on the adult transplant list confirming whether his intervention was good and lasting or not.
I will keep you posted.
 

. (3)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:19 pm
Great news Sherri, I hope she's strong enough to get thru this. Please keep us posted, thanks.
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:36 pm
While this is good news, it is too early to celebrate. Even if the surgery is successful (not in anyway a sure thing), she has a long and painful road to go. The 5-year survival rate is about 55% and she will need constant treatment for the rest of her life. Not an easy thing.
 

Michela m. (3869)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:12 pm
Good News
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:33 pm
Great news for now, thx Sherri and yes please keep us informed.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:01 pm

I hope the surgery goes well and that finally the these arbitrary rules will be reviewed. I have read that some doctors and hospital are finding that the many drugs used after a transplant hinder rather than help the patient. She is only 5 years old, let's hope she has long and happy life ahead.
 

Sue Matheson (70)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:01 pm
i hope she does well.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:16 pm
At least now she has a fighting chance. I'm sure that all the signatures the petitions were getting helped. I'm sure there were other things going on as well be it phone calls or political push.

This is a painful reminder that there are too few organs to go around. So please, if you have not done so, consider organ donation.

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Esther Z. (101)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:55 pm
Fantastic news! I wish Sarah a full recovery! Blessings to you, sweetie!
 

Stuart Thomas (504)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:25 pm
Thank you, Sherri, for posting the terrific news about the successful surgery!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:26 pm
Great news! Thanks Sherri!
 

Shawna S. (43)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:48 pm
I recently read this news. Thanks Sherri for posting :")
Great news. My best wishes for a speedy recovery for Sarah.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:03 pm
Thank you! (n, p, t)
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 10:01 pm
Hopes are prayers are with the child. I hope the surgery goes well.
 

Carol Dreeszen (364)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:38 pm
This is wonderful news!! I hope this little girl is one of those miracles that has her life extended way beyond the estimated time frame!! Thanks Sherri!
 

Patricia H. (468)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:53 pm
noted
 

Sherri G. (111)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:00 am
Let's see how the next 24 hours go for Sarah. Thank you all for your feedback. Sent stars all around except where I have to wait 24 hours.
 

Ana R (220)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 1:12 am
My prayers are with the child.
Thank you, Sherri.
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 4:50 am
Great news - best wishes to Sarah and her family!
 

paul m. (93)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:36 am

Nice one..
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 2:31 pm
COOL!!
It should depend on severity, not age..
Prayers to Sarah and all others going thru this ordeal.
 

Sherri G. (111)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:39 pm
Thank you and stars Ana, Lindsay, Paul and Gina for your comments
 

Pat A. (117)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:36 am
Sorry Sherri - can't send you another star for this (I just tried!) - thank you for such good news .

"The move came days after a federal judge ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to direct OPTN to place Sarah in line on the adult list, while at the same time maintaining her priority on a pediatric list for children younger than 12.

"Under U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson's order, OPTN added Sarah on the adult list as of 10:34 p.m. June 5, according to a letter from Sebelius.

"The Murnaghan family took pains to thank the organ donor's family.

""We are elated this day has come, but we also know our good news is another family's tragedy," they wrote. "That family made the decision to give Sarah the gift of life -- and they are the true heroes today."
 

. (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:31 am
Thanks for the update Sherri and Dandelion for the fwd
 

Barbara K. (88)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 10:51 am
So glad she received the transplant and hope she leads a healthy, productive, happy life.
 

Terrie Williams (768)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 1:23 pm
Fantastic, keeping her in my thoughts.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 2:05 pm
This is wonderful news.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 3:09 pm
Good luck Sarah!
 

Jude Hand (59)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 7:59 pm
Noted. I was thrilled to get the news the other day. Neat to read the story and see the videos. Many thanks and thanks be to God! Kinda fun to hear folks discussing prayer on the news as its so unpopular for many these days.
 

Sherri G. (111)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 12:39 am
Thank you Pat, Toni, Barbara, Terrie, Michael, Birgit, and Jude for your comments.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 2:04 pm
Thanks for informing us of this good news, Sherri....and Dandelion for the link.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 5:27 pm
Thanks.
 

Connie O. (42)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 7:20 pm
Good news. TY
 

Susanne R. (249)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:33 pm
I hope she's doing well. It's unfortunate that it required such a battle to help this child.
 

J. G. (51)
Wednesday June 19, 2013, 3:06 pm
Thanks for this welcome news
 
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