PHILADELPHIA (CBS NEWS/AP) -- Afamily spokesperson for SarahMurnaghan, a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two doublelung transplants, says the girl is expected to be released from thehospital this week.
Tracy Simon says a final decision hasn't been made on exactly when Sarah will leave Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Sarah'srecovery is now focused on building her muscle strength so she nolonger has to use a breathing tube, according to Simon. She said Sarahrecovered from a case of pneumonia that stemmed from the tube.
MotherJanet Murnaghan said Sunday that her daughter had been taken offoxygen, although she still gets support from a machine that helps herbreathe, and has started to walk with the aid of a walker, even gettingoutdoors.
"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 supplementaloxygen. 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 transplanton June 12, but suffered primary graft failure (PGF) due to the poorquality of her first set of lungs, not rejection, according to thegirl's mother.
She received a second pair of lungs infected with pneumoniaon June 15. Despite the high risk of taking infected lungs, her mothersaid Sarah was running out of time, so they decided to go forward withthe procedure.
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.
TheNewtown Square girl received the June transplants after a federal judgeintervened in her parents' lawsuit challenging national transplantrules.
Sarah's parents petitioned theUnited States Department of Health and Human Services in May to get thegirl added to the waiting list for adult transplants, and then sued in aPhiladelphia court when those efforts failed.
Pediatric lungtransplants are very rare, and U.S. transplant rules required childrenbe aged 12 and older to get added to an adult list.
A judge ruledin early June that Sarah and another 11-year-old boy with end-stagecystic 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.