Girl Who Got New Lungs Has Pneumonia

3:55 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
On May 30, Sarah Murnaghan celebrated her 100th day in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, and mother, Janet. (Photo: Murnaghan family via AP)
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(USA TODAY) -- The Pennsylvania girl who had a second lung transplant has developed pneumonia.

Sarah Murnaghan, 10, has pneumonia in her right lung, according to her mother, Janet Murnaghan. Doctors believe it is caused by "aspirations from her belly," Janet wrote in a Facebook post Monday. "Yesterday was tough. Today she is more stable, but this is definitely a large setback."

Aspiration pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs or airways leading to the lungs from breathing in foreign material, such as food and saliva. Antibiotics may be used to treat the condition.

The family announced June 28 that the girl, who has cystic fibrosis, received a second set of adult lungs after the first set failed just hours after the transplant June 12. The second transplant, which took place on June 15, appeared to be successful. The girl took a few breaths on her own, but she was put back on the ventilator because of partial paralysis of her diaphragm, a complication from the last transplant.

Sarah had diaphragm plication to treat the paralysis on July 2 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The surgical procedure involves the folding of the diaphragm, allowing more volume inside the chest cavity for the lungs to accept air.