Theodore's World: Sarah Murnaghan Develops Pneumonia in her right lung

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July 09, 2013

Sarah Murnaghan Develops Pneumonia in her right lung

Sarah Murnaghan Develops Pneumonia in her right lung


Young double lung transplant recipient Sarah Murnaghan, who sparked a national debate over children's access to adult organ donations, has developed pneumonia in one of her new organs.

In a Facebook post Monday, Sarah’s mother Janet Murnaghan said the 10-year-old developed the condition in her right lung. She said doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia believe it has been caused by aspirations – or drawing of foreign matter into the respiratory system – from the girl’s belly.

“Yesterday was tough. Today she is more stable, but this is definitely a large set back,” Janet Murnaghan said.

Sarah, who has a severe case of cystic fibrosis, underwent a surgery at CHOP on July 2 to repair a partially paralyzed diaphragm, which was causing breathing troubles. The diaphragm was injured during the girl’s second adult-lung transplant on June 15.

The new lungs were transplanted three days after a first set of adult lungs failed on June 12. The mother said the first set of lungs were not rejected by the girl’s body, rather “marginal” and had to be removed shortly after the procedure.

The second set of lungs, were also infected with pneumonia, but Janet Murnaghan had said doctors cut out the infected portion of the organ before transplantation.

Sarah had so much swelling following the second surgery that doctors were forced to keep her chest open for a week until the swelling subsided.

Wild Thing's comment.................

Praying for this sweet dear child.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 9, 2013 12:47 AM