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Trip to dentist saves 11-year-old’s life

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EDMOND, Okla. — A young girl went to the dentist for a routine cleaning but got that and  much more KFOR reported.

Hygienist Rachel Stroble was cleaning 11-year-old Journee Woodard’s teeth when she noticed something odd.

“She said you know, Journee’s eyes look yellow,” said Dr. Michael Chandler, Journee’s dentist told KFOR. “She asked me to take a look, I took a look and said that does look abnormal.”

The dentist, who has known Journee for years, told her mother about the abnormality. The mother then took Journee to the doctor not expecting her little girl to have to fight for her life in the coming days.

According to a website titled Journee’s Journey “Friday she underwent a 9 hour surgery to remove a grapefruit-size tumor. Surgeons performed “Whipple Procedure”, a major operation that removed part of her pancreas, stomach, gall bladder and part of the intestine.”

The website said that the family is still waiting for test results to determine more about the tumor.

The staff at the dentist office that might be responsible for helping save Journee’s life said that they were just doing their job and are trying to stay updated on the girl’s status.

“You’ve got a lot of people who love you, a lot of people who care for you, we wish you well,” Chandler told KFOR. “I’ll be praying for you.”

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