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Taryn Clarke was hospitalized for a ruptured appendicitis that had been ruptured for approximately five days. “Taryn’s body was extremely distended and almost lifeless,” said Alicia Clarke, Taryn’s Mom. “Taryn was not expected to survive. She had several IVs, a port in her chest and was also on oxygen to help her breathe as she was having problems breathing on her own.”

Taryn was in desperate need of surgery but doctors first had to get her stable. “She was not improving,” Alicia said. “Doctors finally had to make the hard decision to do surgery that would either save her life or take it.”

Miraculously, Taryn survived. After some recovery, Taryn returned to being the energetic girl she was before she was ill.

Today, Taryn is 10 years old and in 5th grade. She is a pitcher with a competitive travel softball team. When she’s not playing softball, she loves to hang out with her friends and make lots of slime! She also loves going on Disney Cruises with her family.

“We cannot express how thankful we are for the care that Taryn received at St. John’s! We will be forever grateful.”

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