Stop at dentist’s office may have saved Oklahoma girl’s life

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EDMOND, Okla. (Feb. 11, 2015) — A routine procedure ended up being much more for an Oklahoma girl.

Journee Woodard, 11, went to the dentist for a routine cleaning when the hygienist noticed something wrong, reports KFOR.

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

Chandler told the girl's mother, who took her to the doctor. It's a good thing, too--Journee had a grapefruit-size tumor that needed to be removed.

A website, headlined Journee’s Journey, has chronicled the days after the dental visit.

Surgeons performed “Whipple Procedure”, a major operation that removed part of her pancreas, stomach, gall bladder and part of the intestine.”

Chandler has known Journee for years, and said his office is closely watching her recovery. Journee's mother has been updating the office by phone and via social media.

The family is currently waiting for test results on the tumor.

Source: KFOR