7-year-old Girl Has 6 Organs Removed

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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  • by First lady Location: school on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Ahhhhhhh!
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Mar 13, 2009 at 11:57 PM
    I will be praying to the Flying Spaghetti Monster for this child to be okay. I hope and pray that you all will let the Flying Spaghetti Monster into your heart so you can all be saved from your sinful hypocritical lives which you may suffer hellfire for if you do not accept the Flying Spaghetti Monster as the one true God. I will pray for Flying Spaghetti Monster to have mercy on your souls.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Kudos to the Doctors. Amazing work guys!
  • by PattyCake on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    That brave little girl, she really is a living breathing miricle!
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    I will be praying that she will be ok after this surgery.
  • by Anonymous Location: Farmville on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • by GoPirates Location: GVegas on Mar 11, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    Praying everything turns out okay!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    What a miracle!
  • by more questions Location: down east on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    What was the name of the medical facility?
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