Sarah Murnaghan's Last Chest Tube Removed

By Karen Araiza and David Chang
|  Friday, Jul 19, 2013  |  Updated 5:16 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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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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The mother of a 10-year-old girl whose fight to obtain a lung transplant resulted in a court ruling in her favor says her daughter is doing well.

Sarah Murnaghan's mother, Janet, wrote on Facebook Friday that she 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.

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

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.

"Our heads are spinning, definitely not slow and steady today, just improving left and right," wrote Janet on Friday. "I am so proud of her! We are told a move out of Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is in our near future, now that will be a victory. Stay tuned."

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