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Lung transplant recipient Sarah Murnaghan receiving pain management

Sarah Murnaghan undergoes diaphragm surgery

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The mother of a 10-year-old girl from Delaware County who got adult lungs after her parents sued to change national transplant rules says her daughter is getting ``aggressive pain management'' after surgery to repair her diaphragm.
 
Sarah Murnaghan underwent the two-hour procedure at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon. Her mother, Janet, said in a Facebook post that doctors say the operation went well.

Janet Murnaghan said ``Sarah is still mostly sedated, waking periodically in pain, so aggressive pain management is underway.''
 
Sarah needed new lungs because she has cystic fibrosis, and received a second set of lungs June 15 after her first double-lung transplant failed. However, she has been using a breathing tube following  partial paralysis of her diaphragm, and doctors hope Tuesday's surgery will help her breathe on her own.


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