Routine cleaning at the dentist saves 11-year-old girl’s life

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EDMOND, Okla. — A routine cleaning at the dentist likely saved an 11-year-old girl's life.

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 is still waiting for test results to determine more about the tumor.


    • guest73

      Read the story. The hygienist, while cleaning the child’s teeth, noticed that her eyes were yellow. The dentist alerted the parents to a possible medical problem. Subsequent testing found the tumor. Doesn’t make me “skeptical” of the dentist – whatever that’s supposed to mean. I’m more curious to know why her parents hadn’t noticed it first. Didn’t they ever look at her face, into her eyes?

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