PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Murnaghan family is speaking out for the first time since 10-year-old Sarah’s surgery.
Sarah Murnaghan, of Newtown Square, Pa., underwent double lung transplant surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on June 12th. (See Related Story)
The Murnaghans have been on an emotional medical roller coaster for two weeks. Janet, Sarah’s mother, says Sarah’s first transplant was a success, but then there was a complication; Primary Graft Failure, which occurs in up to 25 percent of lung transplants. It caused that lung to fail. The failure resulted from the low quality of the lungs. The prognosis was grim and the family had a choice of a risky second transplant or death.
On June 15th Sarah underwent a second transplant. This time the lung was infected with pneumonia, but doctors were able to out the compromised portion. Janet says Sarah was swollen and it was tenuous, but over the past two weeks, progress has been positive. Friday, Sarah wass still on a ventilator, but she’s responsive and is hopeful she’ll be home for her 11th birthday on August 7th.