Heather McNamara had six vital organs removed by doctors so they could take out a baseball-sized tumor that had invaded her abdomen and threatened her life.
Doctors removed and chilled the girl's stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver and small and large intestines so they could be restored after removing the tumor. The surgery last 23 hours and was the first of its kind in a child and the second in the world.
Heather's cancer had spread so widely that her stomach, pancreas and spleen could not be saved. In place of her stomach, doctors created a pouch from intestinal tissue to hold food. The loss of her pancreas has turned her into a diabetic, meaning she'll need
insulin injections and digestive enzymes.
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