UPDATE: Pa. girl who took on organ donor rules gets lung

The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose efforts to qualify for a transplant drew public debate over how organ donation should be done is getting a new lung.

FILE - In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, center, celebrates the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, left, and mother, Janet. A federal judge in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 made the dying 10-year-old eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list. (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose efforts to qualify for a transplant drew public debate over how organ donation should be done is getting a new lung.

A spokeswoman for Sarah Murnaghan's family said that Murnaghan, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, is receiving the transplant Wednesday.

The decision came just days after a federal judge granted her family's request to suspend a rule that prevented her from getting an adult lung.

Murnaghan's mother, Janet, says the family is "overwhelmed with emotions" and thanks all her supporters. She says, "Today is the start of Sarah's new beginning and new life."


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