This morning ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Pennsylvania, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, has a new set of lungs and a new chance at life.
Yesterday Sarah underwent a six hour transplant operation receiving lungs that came from an adult donor. Doctors are pleased with her prognosis.
Chief Medical Correspondent Doctor Sanjay Gupta has more on her chances of survival, and potential complications her recovery faces.
Ten-year-old Sarah has cystic fibrosis, and has been waiting on the child donor list for a new lung 18 months. Sarah has cystic fibrosis, and has been waiting on the child donor list for a new lung 18 months. CNN's Jason Carrol reports on her family's desperate plea to the government for help.
There is a shortage of child lung donations. According to federal guidelines Sarah is not old enough to receive an adult lung. She is 10-years-old the cut off for an adult lung is 12-years-old.
Her family has appealed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to try to get Sarah priority on the adult donor list, but so far has failed. Sebelius says she will order a transplant review, but any changes could take years to achieve, and Sarah is running out of time.
A new partnership announced today could be good news for preventing head injuries in the NFL.
The league is partnering with General Electric to develop new technologies to prevent and detect concussions.
This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on how this partnership could improve concussion treatment.