Sarah Murnaghan Takes Her First Steps - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Sarah Murnaghan Takes Her First Steps



    A Newtown Square girl who gained national attention after her parents fought to get her on the adult lung transplant list took her first steps. (Published Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013)

    A Delaware County girl who made national headlines when her parents fought to get her on the adult lung transplant list has taken her first steps.

    Sarah Murnaghan, of Newton Square, continues to show improvement and is now able to take a few short steps with the help of a walker.

    In the video, a physical therapist holds Sarah’s hips together for safety as she walks.

    Murnaghan is recovering from two double lung transplants. 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.

    Sarah's first set of adult lungs, transplanted June 12, failed. A second set was transplanted three days later.

    On Wednesday, Sarah had her 11th birthday party in the PCU playroom with her siblings, cousins, aunts, uncle and grandparents. According to her mother Janet, the party was the first time since her transplant that Sarah has seen her siblings.

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


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