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Koren, 2

Richmond | Services: Surgery

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On the day she was born, Koren Turpin was diagnosed with a choledochal cyst in her abdomen. A surgeon at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) met with her parents, Tamara and Jarrett, to explain the rare congenital condition and develop a plan to monitor and eventually remove the cyst.

When she was 18 months old, surgeons at CHoR removed the cyst laparoscopically, which required just three small incisions and minimized recovery time. Post-surgery, Koren loved getting presents from visiting relatives in the hospital, where she also enjoyed excursions on the hospital's rooftop play deck.

Koren was discharged after five days and was quickly back to watching Elmo and playing with other kids at her daycare, where she proudly showed off her small scars from the surgery.

"When we brought Koren in for the procedure, the head surgeon introduced us to the whole team of doctors and nurses who would be caring for her at the hospital," remembers Tamara. "It let us know she was in good hands."

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