Sarah Murnaghan, the Philadelphia girl who underwent a lung transplant this month after a court battle, struggled after a breathing tube was removed Wednesday, so doctors “sedated and re-intubated” the girl according to CNN.
Murnaghan has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that formerly killed most patients in childhood. Modern medical techniques like transplants have shifted the average age of death from six months in 1959 to over 37 years in 2008.
The Inquisitr reported that a technicality in the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) rules had prevented Sarah from ranking highly on a waiting list to receive a pair of modified adult lungs, even though she was medically qualified.
The report continued on to say that Federal Judge Michael Baylston ruled earlier this month that Sarah’s birthdate be changed in the computer records to give her an older birthdate. In that way, she immediately went to the top of the list, putting Sarah Murnaghan in line for the life-saving operation.
News today has reported that after an attempt to remove the ventilation tube from Murnaghan didn’t exactly go as plan. After they got the tube out, the girl struggled with breathing on her own, her body not yet able to support itself fully.
“It’s been an excruciating day. We extubated Sarah and her body could not handle the reduced support,” Janet Ruddock Murnaghan said in a statement issued by a representative. “It was impossibly painful watching her struggle to breath and panic.
Doctors have assured the family “that this does not change her long-term outcome but just means she needs more time to regain her strength,” the mother said. “One day Sarah will take that first glorious breath and we will celebrate!”
The fight for little Murgaghan has been a very long one, and after a successful transplant, she still needs more time to allow her body to recover enough to support itself.
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[Sarah Murnaghan photo by Janet Murnaghan via Facebook]