"Her doctors are very
pleased with both her progress during the procedure and her prognosis for
recovery," Murnaghan said on Facebook on Wednesday night.
The family, which lives in
Newtown Square, a suburb of Philadelphia, had long been used to dealing with
the challenges posed by Sarah’s illness. But they faced an entirely new hurdle when
Sarah become so frail she needed new lungs: The U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services has a policy which states that children under 12 are not allowed
lung transplants, even if they’re very ill.
The Murnaghans drew national
attention to their efforts to help Sarah: They went to court and sued to
prevent the policy from being enforced. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson
granted the family a 10-day temporary restraining order on June 5.
So far, their efforts have paid
off. Murnaghan says surgeons had no trouble resizing the donor lungs, which were
from an adult, and transplanting them into Sarah.
No details have been released
about the donor; a spokeperson for the hospital says it's respecting patient
Murnaghan said that while the
family was "elated" that their daughter finally has the lungs she
wanted, "our good news is another family's tragedy. That family made the
decision to give Sarah the gift of life—and they are the true heroes