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12:11 PM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
On May 30, Sarah Murnaghan celebrated her 100th day in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, and mother, Janet. (Murnaghan family/USA Today/AP)
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(USA Today) -- Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old girl suffering from end-stage cystic fibrosis whose bid to get a transplant from adult lungs drew national attention, is getting a lung transplant today, according to AP and CNN.

Her family is asking for prayers.

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."

She captured the public's attention in recent weeks after her parents pleaded that she be put on the waiting list for adults lungs. Transplant rules in the country have kept those under 12 from receiving adult lungs. Last week a judge ordered the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to add her to the list for adult lungs. She and another child awaiting a lung transplant are at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Art Caplan, head of the division of medical ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, told USA TODAY that lung transplants are a difficult operation.

(USA Today)

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