Sarah Murnaghan Moved to Another Hospital Unit

By Karen Araiza and David Chang
|  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013  |  Updated 6:38 PM EDT
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The Delaware County girl on her second set of transplanted lungs is recovering from a surgery that allows her to remove the breathing tube from her face.
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A 10-year-old girl whose fight to obtain a lung transplant resulted in a court ruling in her favor is one step closer to returning home, according to her mother.

Sarah Murnaghan's mother, Janet, wrote on her Facebook page that the girl was moved to another unit of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Wednesday.

“Another graduation from Sarah tomorrow,” Janet said. “She will move from the PICU to the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). This should be our last stop before home. Home is on the horizon but still several weeks away.”

On July 22, Murnaghan stood up for the first time in months during physical therapy.

"After months in bed and lots of time paralyzed and sedated, this was a huge accomplishment," Janet said. 

On July 19, Sarah underwent her first Trach change, had her last chest tube removed and was moved back to a traditional ventilator. 

"Sarah's feeling such pride in her accomplishments this afternoon," Janet wrote. "She did a dance in bed over that."

On July 12, Sarah underwent surgery for a tracheostomy. Janet wrote that she was relieved the procedure was over and it was a joy to see her daughter's face sans tubes and tape.

Murnaghan says the procedure created an opening into Sarah's windpipe that she can breathe through.

The Newtown Square girl, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis, received a pair of adult-lung transplant after a federal judge ruled in favor of her parents' lawsuit challenging national rules regarding organ donations.

Officials at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Sarah is being treated, have declined to comment on her case.

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