Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Delaware County girl who underwent a double-lung transplant after a national debate over the waiting-list process, has awakened from a medically induced coma and is communicating by nodding, her family said Saturday.
Sarah's aunt, Sharon Ruddock, said the girl stays awake for brief periods and responds to questions by nodding to indicate yes or no.
"She's still intubated and awake off and on," Ruddock said. "She's doing well, and we're excited."
Sarah, from Newtown Square, suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, and lung transplants are often necessary as the disease advances. She has been in and out of hospitals for much of her life, but recently her condition worsened dramatically.