Sarah Murnaghan, Lung Transplant Recipient Has Pneumonia

sarah-murnaghan-story-topShortly before reaching her one month anniversary of receiving two lung transplants and rattling media headlines, reports update that Sarah Murnaghan  has now derived pneumonia in her right replacement lung as reported via her mother’s Facebook page on Monday.

“Sarah has developed pneumonia in her right lung” ~ Janet Murnaghan, Facebook Page

Sarah Murnaghan recently made headlines after her parents fought a long an hard battle (18 months) for the cystic fibrosis sufferer to be placed on the adult transplant list.  Sarah had been given only until May to live had not a  Judge altered the adult transplant law to make her eligible to be placed on the adult list for transplants 7 weeks ago.

Once only to be reported to have received a single lung,  the family made official statements last week that the 10-year old was given dual lung transplants as a precautionary measure to preserve her life. Several days after her transplants surgery and after being placed in a medicinally induced coma, the girl was responding to yes and no questions, although  she was irritated with the breathing tube still in place.

Janet Murnaghan, Sarah’s mother has also stated these small details about her daughter’s new health status:

“Yesterday was tough! Today she is more stable, but this is definitely a large set back.The lungs were infected with pneumonia before they were implanted, but this is a new infection.”

Sarah’s doctors believe that aspirations from her stomach may have cause the pneumonia to develop and transfer the infection through transit of the wrong pipes. However, physicians and experts emphasize that pnuemonia is not uncommon after any type of surgery, especially surgeries that involve the lungs. In addition, the little girl has an increased risk of this complication occurring after surgery as Samjay Gupta, CNN News reporter makes in this statement:

“Sarah had an even higher increased risk because she’s taking immune-suppressing drugs and because of her cystic fibrosis. But even with a setback like this infection, nearly 80% of people survive at least one year after lung transplant.”

Although the family had been well-informed about the present state of the donated set of  lungs, the family decided that the transplants would be the best option of hope to extend and prolong the longevity of their daughter’s life.

Up until finding out that their daughter has been stricken with pneumonia, the family has been reporting progressive improvements in their daughter’s health status.

In addition to her updates per Facebook, Janet Murnaghan has also openlyprovided apthpreciation and thankfulness for the outpouring of support, prayers, and thoughts by everyone.

“We have an amazing team of doctors who go above and beyond but also walk this road with us in such a kind and compassionate way. Thankful to God for this day!”

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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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