Lung transplant recipient, Sarah Murnaghan, is awake

Some good news for the 10-year old Philadelphia girl who underwent a lung transplant on June 12th.  A spokesperson for the family says that Sarah Murnaghan is awake.  The young girl who has cystic fibrosis remains on a ventilator making it unable for her to talk, but she is nodding yes and no to questions, indicating she understands what is being asked.  Doctors put Sarah into a medically induced coma before her surgery to allow her body to rest, so this is the first time her parents have been able to communicate with her since then.  Murnaghan’s story made national headlines after her family fought to have young children prioritized for adult organs.  In May, doctors told Murnaghan’s family she had less than five weeks to live.  At that time, Sarah had been on the waiting list for new lungs for 18 months.