Javier Acosta, the Bronx boy who helped to improve children's access to adult donor lungs, is recovering from a double lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, according to his mother.
But his family's fight to change lung allocation rules turned out to be moot in his own case. Javier, who has cystic fibrosis, turned 12 in August, which automatically made him eligible for adolescent or adult lungs based on his medical need.
Two months later, he received lungs from a donor over age 12.
"I just want to let everyone know that Javier had a lung transplant on Oct. 13 and is doing fine," his mother, Milagros Martinez, said in a statement. "I waited to share this news until after he recovered from surgery. Although his prognosis is good, Javier is still in the hospital adjusting to his new lungs."