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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:46 am

According to an NBC News report, Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose quest for new lungs spurred changes in the nation's allocation system, was set to receive a transplant today, her mother said.

"God is great! He moved the mountain! Sarah got THE CALL," Janet Murnaghan wrote on her Facebook page early Wednesday.

The mother said Sarah, who was declining rapidly from end-stage cystic fibrosis, would head into surgery this morning. She has been hospitalized at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for three months.

Sarah's family challenged an existing lung allocation rule, prompting the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to allow children younger than 12 to petition to be included on adult lists. The decision came just days after a federal judge granted her family's request to suspend a rule that kept Sarah from receiving lungs from an adult donor based on the severity of her illness.

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