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Sarah Murnaghan Struggles Without Breathing tube

Sarah Murnaghan, the Philadelphia girl who underwent a lung transplant this month after a court battle, struggled after a breathing tube was removed Wednesday, so doctors “sedated and re-intubated” the girl, her mother said through a family representative.

“It’s been an excruciating day. We extubated Sarah and her body could not handle the reduced support,” Janet Ruddock Murnaghan said in a statement issued by a representative. “It was impossibly painful watching her struggle to breath and panic.

“I have cried quite a bit, I just wish everything wasn’t so ridiculously hard for her,” the mother said.

Doctors have assured the family “that this does not change her long-term outcome but just means she needs more time to regain her strength,” the mother said. “One day Sarah will take that first glorious breath and we will celebrate!”

The 10-year-old girl remains on a ventilator and has been unable to talk, but she can nod and shake her head in response to questions, said Tracy Simon, a family spokeswoman, this week.

 

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