EDMOND, OK — A routine trip to the dentist ended up saving a 11-year-old's life. It wasn't her teeth that caught the attention of Journee Woodard's dentist. She was looking at her eyes.
Dental hygienist, Rachel Stroble, noticed something odd when Journee sat for a routine cleaning.
“She said you know, Journee’s eyes look yellow,” Dr. Michael Chandler told KFOR-TV. “She asked me to take a look, I took a look and said that does look abnormal.”
Days later Journee underwent a nine hour surgery to remove a grapefruit sized tumor. Doctors removed parts of her pancreas, stomach, gall bladder and part of the intestine. The major operation is called a “Whipple Procedure."
Her mother writes on the the website to support Journee, "She will be in the ICU for at least the next 7 to 10; during that time, both her dad and I will be by her side. Neither of our jobs offers paid time off. We are completely without any income to cover expenses for our other three kids, and any other funds raised will go to scratch the surface of medical expenses that her insurance won't cover, which has already exceeed the hundred thousand dollar mark. We truly appreciate every little bit. It will help us keep the focus on getting Journee back to health! THANK YOU!!"
Journee’s Journey explains that the family is currently waiting for test results on the tumor.