PHILADELPHIA (CBS NEWS/AP) -- A family spokesperson for Sarah
Murnaghan, 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 will leave Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
recovery is now focused on building her muscle strength so she no
longer has to use a breathing tube, according to Simon. She said Sarah
recovered from a case of pneumonia that stemmed from the tube.
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, even getting
"My sister pointed out that today is our Mom's birthday
-- she died 11 years ago," Janet posted Saturday on her Facebook page.
"And today is the first day Sarah has not needed any supplemental
oxygen. Miracles from heaven!!!"
Sarah's case spurred a national debate among doctors over the process of getting transplanted organs.
Sarah, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis, underwent her first adult double-lung transplant
on June 12, but suffered primary graft failure (PGF) due to the poor
quality of her first set of lungs, not rejection, according to the
She received a second pair of lungs infected with pneumonia
on June 15. Despite the high risk of taking infected lungs, her mother
said Sarah was running out of time, so they decided to go forward with
After, the second transplant, the girl developed pneumonia and needed a procedure in July called a tracheostomy to help her breathe.
Then, in early August, Janet said her daughter would be leaving intensive care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and was no longer being fed through an IV.
Newtown Square girl received the June transplants after a federal judge
intervened in her parents' lawsuit challenging national transplant
Sarah's parents petitioned the
United States Department of Health and Human Services in May to get the
girl added to the waiting list for adult transplants, and then sued in a
Philadelphia court when those efforts failed.
transplants are very rare, and U.S. transplant rules required children
be aged 12 and older to get added to an adult list.
A judge ruled
in early June that Sarah and another 11-year-old boy with end-stage
cystic fibrosis should be added to the adult lung transplant list.
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network added a special review process for children who are in desperate need of organs following the judge's ruling.