10-Year-Old Getting New Lungs

Sarah Murnaghan to have surgery today

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 12, 2013 11:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – The year's most famous organ-donation candidate will soon be its most famous organ recipient. The AP reports that Sarah Murnaghan will today receive a lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The announcement comes exactly one week after a federal judge intervened in her case, allowing Murnaghan's name to be added to the adult donor list. No word yet on the origin of the donated lungs beyond a statement Murnaghan's mom posted to Facebook: "[The donor's family] has experienced a tremendous loss, may God grant them a peace that surpasses understanding." She adds, joyously, "Today is the start of Sarah's new beginning and new life!"

In this May 30, 2013 photo provided by the Murnaghans, Sarah Murnaghan, left, lies in her hospital bed next to adopted sister Ella on the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File)
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