Sarah Murnaghan, the double-lung transplant pioneer from Newton Square, Pennsylvania, is off supplemental oxygen for the first time in two-and-a-half years. Her mom, Janet Murnaghan, announced the exciting step in Sarah’s recovery on Saturday in a Facebook post.
The Murnaghans often use Facebook to help keep well-wishers informed of the brave 11-year-old double-lung transplant patient’s progress.
NBC Philadelphia also reported the encouraging update.
There have been some challenges. Sarah Murnaghan was only 10 years old when she checked into Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to receive treatment for cystic fibrosis. At one point, doctors feared that she would die within weeks if she didn’t receive a lung transplant.
There were no children’s lungs available. And Sarah was far down on the list to receive an adult pair of lungs because of her age.
As a result, her parents were forced to take the fight for Sarah Murnaghan’s life to the media and to the courts. She was finally placed on the list in June and shortly thereafter received a pair of lungs.
Unfortunately, her body rejected that pair.
At that point, Sarah Murnaghan’s only hope was a pair of lungs from a pneumonia patient that wouldn’t have normally been used. She received those lungs on June 15 and has been recovering slowly ever since.
She experienced a setback in July when Sarah developed pneumonia herself.
However, the brave 10-year-old continued to fight. And she is now showing significant signs of progress.
Her mother has released footage of Sarah waving and even walking.
On August 7, she celebrated her 11th birthday — an event that would have been unlikely without the lung transplant.
Her mom said the party was the first time Sarah had seen her siblings since her lung transplant.
Now, with Sarah Murnaghan off supplemental oxygen, the family can look forward to the day she goes home.
[Sarah Murnaghan photos by Janet Ruddock Murnaghan via Facebook]