Trip to Dentist May Have Saved 11-Year-Old Girl’s Life

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A routine cleaning at the dentist may have saved an 11-year-old girl's life in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Hygienist Rachel Stroble was cleaning Journee Woodard's teeth when she noticed something odd.

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

Chandler, who has known Journee for several years, told the girl’s mother about the abnormality. The mother then took Journee to the doctor.

The family posted a note on the website 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 family was still waiting for test results to determine more about the tumor.

This story was originally published by KTLA sister station KFOR in Oklahoma, and was distributed by Tribune Broadcasting.

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