Girl Receives Adult Lungs after Lawsuit

10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan is in recovery Thursday morning following a successful transplant of two adult lungs into her tiny body. Sarah's surgery was only possible because her family went to court to battle for her life.

Doctors will be watching her closely for any signs of rejection or infection, and she could get off the machine that's helping her breathe as early as Friday.

The Murnaghan's sued to change a rule that children under 12 have to wait at the back of the list for adult lungs. Last week, a federal judge ruled in their favor. Sarah moved from number 441 on the list to number one, and her new lungs arrived Wednesday.

Now on the road to recovery, the transplant was just the first step in the process.

"Her lungs were in such bad shape, the recovery for her is going to be much harder than if she had received the lungs six months ago," said Sarah's aunt, Sharon Ruddock. "So we do have a much harder road than you would see in most situation."

Some argue the court set a dangerous precedent ruling in the Murnaghan's favor. Experts believe children are more likely to reject adult lung transplants than people over 12. But the Murnaghan family hopes they continue to beat the odds.


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