Pa. girl who took on organ donor rules gets lung

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FILE - In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, center, celebrates the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, left, and mother, Janet. The national organization that manages organ transplants on Monday June 10, 2013 resisted making emergency rule changes for children under 12 who are waiting on lungs but created a special appeal and review system to hear such cases. (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File)
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FILE - In this May 30, 2013 file photo provided by the Murnaghan family, Sarah Murnaghan, center, celebrates the 100th day of her stay in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, left, and mother, Janet. The national organization that manages organ transplants on Monday June 10, 2013 resisted making emergency rule changes for children under 12 who are waiting on lungs but created a special appeal and review system to hear such cases. (AP Photo/Murnaghan Family, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose efforts to qualify for a transplant drew public debate over how organ donation should be done is getting a new lung.

A spokeswoman for Sarah Murnaghan's family said that Murnaghan, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, is receiving the transplant Wednesday.

The decision came just days after a federal judge granted her family's request to suspend a rule that prevented her from getting an adult lung.

Murnaghan's mother, Janet, says the family is "overwhelmed with emotions" and thanks all her supporters. She says, "Today is the start of Sarah's new beginning and new life."

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