Sarah Murnaghan Is Home After Successful Lung Transplant

08/27/2013 at 05:30 PM EDT

Sarah Murnaghan Is Home After Successful Lung Transplant
Fran, Sarah and Janet Murnaghan
Murnaghan family/AP
An 11-year-old girl has returned home to Newtown Square, Pa., after undergoing two double lung transplants in June that sparked a debate over the way that donated organs are allocated.

Sarah Murnaghan suffers from severe cystic fibrosis and had been living at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since February. Murnaghan was on the waiting list to receive pediatric lungs, which are rarely donated, when her health began to deteriorate and her parents decided to challenge a rule that prevented her from qualifying for adult lungs.

On June 5, a federal judge granted Murnaghan access to the much larger list of organs from adult donors. She received a double lung transplant on June 12, but her body rejected them. On June 15, she received a second transplant that was successful.

For the first time in over two years, Murnaghan no longer requires supplemental oxygen, but she still needs a machine to help her breathe, according to NBC News.



"Things are going well here," Sarah's mother, Janet Murnaghan, posted to her Facebook page on Saturday. "Sarah is working all day at physical rehab, it's exhausting but we are making great progress."

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