Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan will soon move out of intensive care, weeks after receiving two double lung transplants.
"Another "graduation" for Sarah tomorrow, she will move from the PICU to the Progressive Care Unit (PCU). This should be our last stop before home," Sarah's mother Janet Ruddock Murnaghan wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday according to CBS Philadelphia.
Sarah is currently recovering at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her mother said on Monday that she had received "best x-ray of her life" and was on longer being fed through an IV as of Sunday.
Sarah receivedon June 12, but suffered a primary graft failure due to the poor qualify of the lungs, her mother said. She was re-placed at the top of the adult transplant list and received , on June 15.
On July 1, the girl underwent a procedure to fix her diaphragm which had been paralyzed as a result of her surgeries. She alsosoon after, and needed a tracheostomy on July 11.
Since then, Sarah has been recovering well, according to her mother. She has started sitting and then getting out of bed by herself. If all goes well, her mother believes she will go home in a few weeks.
Sarah's road to getting a successful double lung transplant has been a controversial one. The young girl suffers from end-stage cystic fibrosis and had needed an organ donation to save her life. She was on the top of the pediatric transplant list, however, she was too young to quality to be placed at the top of the adult transplant list.
Transplant rules state that people 12 and older are ranked according to need. However, since Sarah was only 10, she would only be offered the organ after every other adult with her blood type was offered the lungs first.
Pediatric transplants are extremely rare. Thereported that only 10 lung transplants completed on children 10 and under in 2012. There were 1,744 lung transplants on people 11 and older that same year.
Sarah's mother started aand later sued on her behalf. A Philadelphia judge ordered that Sarah and another 11-year-old boy with end-stage cystic fibrosis .
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) then added afor children under 12 who are in dire need of an organ. This would allow children to appeal their position on the transplant list, and OPTN would review their situation on a case by case basis.
Some medical experts took issue with the court intervening in Sarah's case. Adult organs transplanted in children have not been studied much, and as is, lung transplants have a 50 percent chance of failing within five years regardless of the recipient's age. Some argued that the organs should be given to a person with the greatest chance of success.
"It would be very difficult that this system has to respond for individual pleas for help," Dr. Margaret Moon, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore,. "Every story is compelling. It's always tragic when someone doesn't get an organ -- that can't be a reason to change that approach."