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Sarah Murnaghan, 10, Undergoes Successful Lung Transplant (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Only a week ago it seemed as if 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan was facing a death sentence.

However, Sarah's dream came true as she underwent a successful six-hour lung transplant on Wednesday, reports CNN.

Sarah's mother, Janet Murnaghan, wrote on Facebook at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday that her  doctors are "very pleased with both her progress during the procedure and her prognosis for recovery. We expect it will be a long road, but we're not going for easy, we're going for possible. And an organ donor has made this possible for her."

Earlier in the day, Janet Murnaghan wrote: "God is great! He moved the mountain! Sarah got THE CALL. Please pray for Sarah's donor, her HERO, who has given her the gift of life."

The Murnaghans found out about the lung donation on Tuesday night, but waited until this morning to share the good news in case the surgery got canceled in the last minute.

It could take as long as eight hours before Sarah wakes up because she was placed into a medically induced coma for two days.

Sarah has cystic fibrosis and desperately needed a lung transplant. However, because she is not 12, Sarah was initially not placed on the adult lung transplant list.

Rather than rank transplants by immediate medical need, the U.S. organ transplant policy forces children under the age 12 to wait for donated children's lungs to become available or to be offered lungs donated by adults if adolescents and adults on the waiting list have passed them up.

To get on the adult lung transplant list would move Sarah closer to a lung donation, but her request was turned down last week by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius refused a second time to intervene even when she was begged by members of Congress last week.

However, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ordered the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to add Sarah to the list for adult lungs.

There are reportedly four more children who are in a similar situation and are waiting for a lung transplant.

Source: CNN