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Sarah Murnaghan, Lung Transplant Pioneer, Will Go Home Tuesday

Sarah Murnaghan

Sarah Murnaghan is going home from Children’s Hospital in Philadephia on Tuesday.

Janet Murnaghan, Sarah’s mother, revealed the good news on Monday in a Facebook post that exclaimed, “WE ARE GOING HOME TOMORROW!” She has frequently used Facebook to let well-wishers know how Sarah is doing.

As we reported yesterday, she previously revealed that Sarah Murnaghan could finally breathe on her own and no longer needed supplemental oxygen.

NBC Philadelphia noted that Sarah Murnaghan still sometimes gets support from a breathing machine. But she can walk with a walker and even go outside.

The little girl from Newton Square, Pennsylvania has come a long way in just a few months in her brave fight for life.

Sarah Murnaghan was only 10 years old when she checked into Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in February to receive treatment for cystic fibrosis.

By spring, doctors feared that she would die within weeks without a life-saving lung transplant.

But children’s lungs are rarely available for transplant. And Sarah was far down on the list to receive an adult pair of lungs because of her age.

Sarah would have gone to the top of the list for a modified pair of adult lungs if she had been 12. But the organ transplant network’s rules didn’t extend to a 10-year-old.

As a result, her parents were forced to take the fight for Sarah Murnaghan’s life to the courts. A federal judge eventually ordered that Sarah’s birthday be changed in the computer system so that she could immediately go to the head of the list and receive the life-saving transplant.

There were a few bumps along the road to recovery. Her body rejected the first pair of lungs. 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 turned 11 on August 7 while still in Children’s Hospital — a birthday celebration that was once in doubt.

And now her recovery has hit one of the most important milestones of all. Sarah Murnaghan is going home.

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