She is AMAZING!!!!!!! At 10:05 PT this evening, Sara took her first free breath with her new lungs! The Respiratory Therapist pulled out the breathing tube, she gasped and coughed and spit -- and she was on her own!
Her throat is still very sore, and she doesn't have much voice, but she's able to talk a little bit. No fluids allowed, so she's only able to have her mouth swabbed out with some sterile water to try to refresh her. And she's still in quite a bit of pain from her sutures and chest tubes (and surgery!), but is handling it all amazingly well (as any who know her would expect)!