August 28, 2013 |
Sarah Murnaghan, the 11-year-old girl whose plight led to a national change in lung-transplant rules, was released on Tuesday and is now back home in Newtown Square. Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis, entered Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in February in dire need of a double lung transplant. Although she remains very weak, she has made remarkable progress since June, when she received two double-lung transplants of adult organs within days. Sarah had waited 18 months for children's lungs before her family waged a media campaign and filed a federal lawsuit to have her placed on the adult-transplant waiting list.
August 28, 2013 |
FOR THE PAST two months, Sarah Murnaghan has taken one small step forward, only to take another step back, medically speaking. Today, the 11-year-old Newtown Square girl is expected to take a giant step forward in her recovery when she is released from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis and whose suffering led to a national change in lung-transplant rules, received two transplants this summer at CHOP. Her mother, Janet Murnaghan, wrote yesterday on Facebook, "WE ARE GOING HOME TOMORROW!
August 2, 2013 |
JAMAICAN DAVE. We've been spotting that presenter's name on concert posters for 15 years. In fact, almost every reggae show that lands in town, most visibly at big venues like the Electric Factory and Blockley, seems to carry his production credit. For a while, we thought it could just be a brand, like Maui Jim sunglasses. But there really is a guy named Dave Russell - a native of Kingston, Jamaica, and a Philadelphia transplant since 1994 - who's made it his mission to bring the reggae music and Rastafarian "one-love" culture here.
July 29, 2013 |
Six years ago, Liz Donaghy got the chance few get, and even fewer take: She reinvented herself. Her midlife metamorphosis consisted of the following: She and her partner, Jamie Mullen, exchanged their first-floor brownstone apartment in Philadelphia's Fairmount section for a bungalow in Longport, at the Jersey Shore. Liz, now 42, stopped selling investments and began growing sweet peas, sorrel, and more than 250 other plants on the couple's new property, many of them for her new gardening business.
July 14, 2013 |
A breathing tube was surgically placed in Sarah Murnaghan's throat Friday, her mother reported in a Facebook post. The 10-year-old Newtown Square girl, who received a double-lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on June 12 and another transplant June 15 after the first one failed, has needed a breathing machine since the operations. Janet Murnaghan said the new procedure, known as a tracheotomy, was needed because Sarah has been on long-term ventilator support and the weaning has been slow.
July 14, 2013 |
Trips to the emergency room were frequent for Nereida Smith in the 1990s. She would be in the hospital for everything from pneumonia and bronchitis to stomach pains, and doctors had doubts about her symptoms. "They couldn't pinpoint it," said Smith, of Cinnaminson. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was finally diagnosed in 1996 with systemic scleroderma, a disorder that causes her immune system to attack her lungs. Her health has deteriorated so much that she now needs a double-lung transplant to survive.
July 10, 2013 |
AFTER A DOUBLE lung transplant last month, Sarah Murnaghan is fighting pneumonia in her new right lung, her mother said yesterday. Doctors believe the girl developed pneumonia by breathing in contents from her stomach, her mother said. "Yesterday was tough. Today she is more stable, but this is definitely a large set back," Janet Murnaghan posted on Facebook about noon. Last month, Sarah, 10, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, received two adult lungs after her parents challenged a rule that prevented children younger than 12 years old from receiving adult lungs.
June 30, 2013 |
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old whose plight led to a national change in lung-transplant rules, suffered a catastrophic complication after receiving portions of adult lungs on June 12, necessitating a second transplant three days later, her parents revealed Friday. The Newtown Square girl is still being weaned from a ventilator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, her parents said in a statement on Facebook, but is doing better. "It all happened very fast. We weren't expecting it," Janet Murnaghan said at a news conference Friday, explaining why it took almost two weeks to publicly reveal the second transplant.
June 20, 2013 |
Hahnemann University Hospital has voluntarily inactivated its heart transplant program because, the hospital said, it lacked backup surgical care. John Entwistle 3d, who had been surgical director of Hahnemann's heart transplant program, left to became surgical director of rival Thomas Jefferson's University Hospital's heart transplant program late last year. Hahnemann closed its program June 1, communications coordinator Gianna DeMedio said. Ten patients were on the heart transplant waiting list at that time and were told they could be listed elsewhere without changing their place in line.
June 15, 2013 |
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.