Pa. girl to leave hospital after lung transplants

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A spokeswoman for the family of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two double lung transplants says the girl is expected to be released from the hospital this week.

Tracy Simon says a final decision hasn’t been made on exactly when Sarah Murnaghan (MUR’-nuh-han) will leave Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Janet Murnaghan said Sunday that her daughter had been taken off oxygen, although she still gets support from a machine that helps her breathe, and has started to walk with the aid of a walker.

Sarah’s case spurred a national debate over the process of getting transplanted organs.

The Newtown Square girl with end-stage cystic fibrosis received the transplants in June after a federal judge intervened in her parents’ lawsuit challenging national transplant rules.

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