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
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)

(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!"

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Jun 13, 2013 1:16 AM CDT
You know, this is a problem because there are not enough organs to go around. In a system where folks must opt in, in order for an organ to be available, that will always be the case, be it liver, lungs, ect. But if the system made you out out, with everyone being a donor unless you opt out, there would be enough organs available for everyone in need. Sadly, some would preach that this would be another example of "Big Government overreaching" to prevent any changes, but organ recipricants do not have the lobbies of the likes of, say, Auto insurance companies that have no problem with everyone opting in when money is to be made.
Jun 12, 2013 9:51 PM CDT
I saw an excellent cartoon the other day. It showed two jars. The first was for a collection of funds for a child's kidney transplant and was filled to the brim with donations. The second was for money to help pay for a child's mental health treatment that was desperately needed. That jar had only a few coins in it. It speaks volumes about our mindset.
Jun 12, 2013 3:37 PM CDT
Poor her.. A lung transplant is not going to save her life.. Which mean that her new lung could reject her. She will have to depend on medicine to prevent the rejection. Poor her. I feel sad for kids and an adults that have the same situation. A transplant could save your life but it isn't permanent. Very sad. Sighing.