By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ
Jordy Carper continued to improve Tuesday, five days after the Hedgesville, W.Va., youngster underwent a double lung transplant.
A respirator tube was removed from Jordy's throat Monday afternoon.
"He's doing pretty well. He's out of bed and sitting in a chair," Steve Rutledge, spokesman for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said Tuesday. "He's able to breathe on his own and cough. It's important for kids to be able to clear their passages."
Jordy, 10, received two lung lobes from living donors in a four-hour operation on June 19.
Rutledge said that the lung lobe donors - family friend Vicki Koher and Debbie Schoenadel, Jordy's second cousin - also were doing well.