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Girl at center of organ transplant debate is getting new lung

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 1:28pm  ET

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Philadelphia hospital isn't releasing any information about the lung transplant that Sarah Murnaghan's (MUR'-nuh-hanz) family says she's receiving today.

The battle by the family of the 10-year-old girl to qualify her for an organ donation prompted public debate over how organs are allocated. Last week, a federal judge intervened, giving her a chance at the much larger list of organs from adult donors.

But it's not clear whether she's getting an adult lung or one from a child. A hospital spokeswoman says she has no information to release.

The girl's mother, Janet Murnaghan, said in a Facebook post that the family is "overwhelmed with emotions." She's thanking all of Sarah's supporters.

The case could bring change for other children. Another young patient at the hospital -- who, like Sarah, has cystic fibrosis -- also went to court to be added to the adult donor list.

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APPHOTO NY109: FILE - In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, left, lies in her hospital bed next to adopted sister Ella on the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Murnaghen, whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation drew public debate over how donated lungs are allocated was getting a transplant Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, her family said. (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File) (4 Jun 2013)

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