One day after receiving a set of adult lungs, 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square was recovering Thursday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia while thousands of congratulatory messages went up on her Facebook page.
The 1960s teen singing idol Bobby Rydell posted, "I received a double transplant (kidney & liver) in July. I have been thinking and praying for Sarah since I first heard. Now she, too, has an angel donor rooting for her!"
Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis, had been waiting 18 months for children's lungs when her family waged an all-out media and legal campaign to get her placed on the adult-transplant waiting list. Many more adult than pediatric lungs are donated, but federal allocation rules restrict children's access to adult lungs.