Ten year old Sarah Murnaghan received a very publicized lung transplant this week thanks to the fact that it was the first of its kind. Sarah was nearing a critical stage in needing her transplant and while there we no children’s lungs available, there was an adult lung available that would be a perfect match. Under previous rules this transplant would not have been allowed but a judge in Pennsylvania made an exception to allow Sarah to undergo the surgery for an adult lung transplant.
This was the first major adult transplant into a child and doctors were not entirely sure how it would work out. Now, a few days after the surgery, they’re happy to report that things went fantastically well and Sarah is on the road to recovery. Sarah is still unable to speak and is still breathing with help from a machine but doctors say that she’s conscious enough to reply to their questions with a head nod. This is fantastic news for Sarah and her family, as well as any children that may be in a similar situation in the future. Sarah is expected to undergo a full recovery and live an essentially normal life thanks to the transplant and doctors are very happy about that.