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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A Phoenix family needs help as their daughter undergoes a massive procedure this fall. Eight-year-old Kennedy Headlee was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was one week old; this genetic disease can affect the lungs, pancreas and other organs.

In 2021, she was hospitalized with severe pancreatitis and has been on a tough journey ever since. Headlee seemed to be doing better; however, things took a turn for the worst in April 2022. While visiting family in Illinois, Headlee had another round of pancreatitis and was hospitalized for ten days before returning to Phoenix. She was soon diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and is set to undergo a total pancreatectomy to remove her pancreas, spleen, appendix and gallbladder. The surgery is scheduled for September and will require her to stay at a hospital in Cincinnati for 8-12 weeks.

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