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Child receives lungs from adult transplant list

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After six hours of double lung transplant surgery, 10 year-old Sarah Murnaghan, is breathing on her own.

Murnaghan made national headlines by winning a court fight to get on the adult lung transplant list.

An adult donor was found Wednesday, June 12, and it came just in time. Doctors said she had just days to live, with lungs badly damaged from Cystic Fibrosis.

The surgery was possible because the courts allowed a child to cross over to the adult transplant list, a move that is still controversial.

"We now have a new avenue and it's a scary one - allowing judges to make decisions about who lives and who dies rather than a system that strives to be as fair and transparent as possible," said David Magnus, a bioethicist at Stanford University.

The rules are in place, in part, because adult lung transplants can be risky in small children.

Now, Sarah's family is hopeful that her new adult lungs will help her grow into adulthood.

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