Nightly News   |  June 28, 2013

Girl recovering after second lung transplant

Sarah Murnaghan, whose parents fought a court battle to move her off a children’s waiting list for the lungs she desperately needed, has now received a second pair of lungs after the first ones failed. NBC’s Kate Snow reports.

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>>> a new turn in one young girl 's fight for life that attracted so much attention across the country and left her family in the center of a nationwide debate about children receiving organ donations from adults. thanks to a judge's intervention, she got the lung she needed to survive from an adult donor. it's far from the end of her ordeal. more from kate snow .

>> reporter: earlier this month, the world came to know 10-year-old sara murngahan. whose parents fought to get her off a children's list for a lung transplant and get a set of adult lungs. today, we learned about a major setback. the first set of lungs failed.

>> called a code blue to her room. we ran down the hallway and found out that her lungs, for whatever reason, were going into rapid decline.

>> reporter: that night, as the protocol for any recipient, she was put back on the donor list and three days later, sarah received a second pair of lungs. not that uncommon. but what's different, of course, about sarah 's case is that she got on the adult donor list in the first place.

>> we shouldn't make special rules for individuals who have the ability to get their case into the public eye and we're seeing today that once we commit that scarce resource, it's not always over.

>> reporter: sarah 's family said they waited until now, because it was too hard to talk publicly when they thought they might lose their children.

>> it's still really up and down right now. she is in a much better place .

>> reporter: awake and communicating now, facing another surgery monday. still, a hard road ahead. kate snow , nbc news, new york.