Not long ago a 10 year old girl in Pennsylvania made headlines when she received a lung transplant from an adult donor, despite being a child. This was one of the first transplants of its kind and many doctors were concerned about what could potentially happen, fortunately now the story has come to a happy ending that is once again making headlines. The girl, Sarah, will be leaving the hospital now that her initial recovery is complete.
This is absolutely great news because it has shown definitively that the girl’s body was in fact able to receive an adult transplant despite her age. This will likely lead to the use of more adult donors for young patients which should help thousands of children that desperately need a donor organ. At this point the doctors have not completely determined when Sarah will be leaving the hospital but the family says that she will likely be released within a week. This is an absolutely heartwarming story and it is great news that things worked out, doctors are planning to use this as a case study for future transplants and it could eventually save thousands more lives. Of course Sarah’s family and friends are incredibly happy with the results of the transplant as well.