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Pa. Girl Who Took on Donor Rules Gets Adult Lungs

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Janet Murnaghan is thrilled her daughter Sarah is getting a lung transplant today.

"Really, I think it's a blessing from God."

The ten-year-old suffers from severe cystic fibrosis. Doctors recently told her family Sarah has just weeks to live. Her mother posted on Facebook: "Today is the start of Sarah's new beginning, and new life!"

Sarah's transplant comes just days after a federal judge granted her family's request to suspend a rule that blocked her from being put on a waiting list for adult lungs, which are far more available. Sarah is receiving an adult set of lungs, so the size is being adjusted to fit her.

"We would not have had access to these lungs. They would have been offered to hundreds of other people first and they're in excellent condition, and they would have never come down to Sarah," says mother Janet.

Health officials say the main reason for the rule is a shortage of lungs to be donated. They also say children are less likely than older patients to die while waiting for a transplant.

"It was a hard thing to have the courage to sort of come out and put us in the spotlight, and put Sarah in the spotlight, but I felt like it's what I needed to do to save her."

Sarah was one of more than 1,700 other Americans waiting for lung transplants, including about 30 kids her age. 11-year-old Javier Accosta suffers from the same genetic disorder as Sarah. He's in the same hospital, hoping he'll soon get a transplant.

Doctors say the transplant could add six or seven years to Sarah's life.

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