Family: Sarah Murnaghan Expected To Go Home Tuesday

Family: Sarah Murnaghan Expected To Go Home Tuesday

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PHILADELPHIA -

Word came Monday morning that young lung transplant patient Sarah Murnaghan is expected to leave Children's Hospital of Philadelphia this week.

Then, the family announced by afternoon that the long-awaited day is going to be Tuesday.

"WE ARE GOING HOME TOMORROW!!!!!!" Janet Ruddock Murnaghan posted to her Facebook page shortly after 3 p.m.

After more than two years of treatment for Cystic Fibrosis and two double-lung transplants, 11-year-old Sarah was finally able to breathe on her own last week.

According to the family's statement, Sarah is walking short distances with a walker. She no longer needs the oxygen through a ventilator, marking the first time in 2.5 years, although she is still trached.

The family's statement says her recovery is now focused on building strength in her legs, arms, core and muscles around her lungs so she can begin to breathe properly without the trach. Because she was immobile for so long, waiting for lungs, her physical strength deteriorated significantly.

Fortunately, the new lungs are showing no sign of rejection, and her X-rays are the best of her life.

And Sarah beat the pneumonia she caught from being intubated (which was not the same pneumonia that was cut out of her new lungs before the transplant).

We'll continue to keep you updated on the young patient's status as she heads home.

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