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Young girl faces triple organ transplant

Eight year old Caroline Turns is just like any other young girl.  She loves school, her friends, and cooking.

The challenge she's facing would frighten many adults, but not her.

"I'm not really sure why," she said. "I guess cause I know everything's gonna be okay."

Caroline's journey began last year when she started having stomach problems at school. Eventually she went to Le Bonheur, where doctors told her parents what no mother or father wants to hear.

"I think initially you're still in shock," her mother, Marcjana said. "Oddly, there's a sense of relief to know she had been so sick, and in so much pain, that finally we knew what was causing it."

Caroline was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas, and went through a year of chemo with grace and resilience.  But the relief was to be short lived.  Though she underwent successful treatment at St. Jude, her journey wasn't over.  Doctors feared the cancer would return, maybe more than once.

The solution was three organ transplant.  She will receive a new pancreas, liver, and part of her intestine.

"We're actually having this surgery to give Caroline new organs that have no chance of cancer coming back, as well as, if she were to have the original surgery, so many of her organs would be cut away that she'd have a really low quality of life."

Caroline recently participated in a Make-A-Wish Foundation trip to the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, where she had a chance meeting with Emeril.  She is also one of the featured children in St. Jude's Thanks and Giving campaign.

They are both treasured experiences that will help her deal with the road ahead.

"I feel just lucky to be Caroline's mom," Marcjana said. "Because she is such a trooper."

Friday afternoon, the Turns family received a call telling them that Caroline's organs were ready.  They left for Miami Saturday.

The family will need help with living expenses as they spend the next six months in Florida.  If you would like to make a donation, contribute to the Caroline Hope Turns Trust, care of Sun Trust Bank, 9407 Poplar Avenue in Germantown.

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