Nation & World News

Little Girl Who Needed Lung Transplants Due To Go Home

By Mark Memmott on August 26th, 2013

Sarah Murnaghan, whose plight prompted a national debate about transplant policies when she came close to dying while waiting for new lungs, could leave a Philadelphia hospital as soon as Tuesday, CNN says.

Sarah has turned 11 since we last checked in on her. You might recall that back in June, with doctors saying the effects of her cystic fibrosis had gotten to the point where Sarah had only weeks to live, a federal judge ordered that she be moved up the waiting list for a lung transplant.

The judge intervened to overrule Health and Human Services Department regulations that give priority to patients age 12 and older. Her parents’ fight to get new lungs for Sarah “has temporarily changed national policy” on transplants, CNN writes.

A first transplant didn’t work. The second time, though, Sarah’s body accepted the new lungs. Now, parents Janet and Fran Murnaghan say Sarah “could be discharged from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as early as Tuesday,” the news network adds.

The little girl still faces challenges, according to CNN:

“Because she was in a medically induced coma and essentially paralyzed for more than three weeks, Sarah’s body needs to relearn many things, including how to walk. Her physical therapy sessions can last for three hours each day and include weightlifting and cardio components.”

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering a stop in New York and Washington, D.C.


Indonesia's President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is asking ordinary people to help him choose his government.

Indonesia’s President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo made a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader and has now asked ordinary Indonesians to help him choose his government.


People walk on the rubble of the destroyed Mosque of The Prophet Younis, or Jonah, in Mosul. The revered Muslim shrine was destroyed on Thursday by militants who overran the city in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq’s Tomb Of Jonah

The destruction of the holy site has drawn criticism from the Sunni allies of the so-called Islamic State and may cause a rift between the Sunni groups.


Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia, last week. Abbott has announced the deployment of 190 police to help secure the MH17 wreckage site, where 37 Australians were killed.

Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.


A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on Thursday.

Kerry Presents Proposal For Seven-Day Truce In Gaza

Secretary of State John Kerry wants fighting to stop temporarily as Ramadan ends this weekend. Both Israel and Hamas are considering the proposal.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments