A Philadelphia girl who successfully sued in order to be put on the adult lung transplant list is now recovering after receiving a second lung transplant.
The case of Sarah Murnaghan, 10, shined a light on national organ transplant policy, Politico wrote, and also caused upset in the "transplant community" that a single case championed by the media could affect decisionmaking.
Murnaghan, a cystic fibrosis sufferer, was said to have very little time left when her parents sued to have her put on the list for adult lung donations, usually restricted to those 12 and over.
She had been on the wait list for children’s lungs for 18 months when the family took the case to the media.
While the US health secretary refused to intervene, a judge took the unusual step of ordering that the child be placed on an adult waiting list.
She received an adult lung donation on June 12, but her body rejected the transplant — a trauma her mother documented on Facebook.
According to CBS, she suffered a primary graft failure (PGF), which happens in 10 to 25 percent of lung transplants for unknown reasons.
However, Sarah's mother insisted the PGF was caused by the poor quality of her first set of lungs.
Janet Murnaghan told CBS that the necessity of a second procedure was due to a donor issue, not Sarah rejecting the lungs.
She said the doctor told her Sarah's decline was the fastest he'd seen in 23 years.
At a news conference on Friday, Politico reported, Janet Murnaghan said that "the court saved [Sarah’s] life once" but credited the fast response by the quick response by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network:
"I made this a very public battle and they looked at it and evaluated and did make a change. We did push really hard, but I think it takes something to say, maybe they were right, as opposed to digging their heals in."