Jayla Turner, 9, and her mom Zelene Turner, right, meet with Dr. Louise Markert at Duke Children's Hospital in Durham on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Turner was born without a thymus gland - a rare condition called DiGeorge Syndrome. Markert developed the transplant procedure in which a portion of a donor thymus gland was implanted in Turner's leg when she was 15-months-old.
Jayla Turner, 9, and her mom Zelene Turner, right, meet with Dr. Louise Markert at Duke Children's Hospital in Durham on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Turner was born without a thymus gland - a rare condition called DiGeorge Syndrome. Markert developed the transplant procedure in which a portion of a donor thymus gland was implanted in Turner's leg when she was 15-months-old. Shawn Rocco Duke Health
Jayla Turner, 9, and her mom Zelene Turner, right, meet with Dr. Louise Markert at Duke Children's Hospital in Durham on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Turner was born without a thymus gland - a rare condition called DiGeorge Syndrome. Markert developed the transplant procedure in which a portion of a donor thymus gland was implanted in Turner's leg when she was 15-months-old. Shawn Rocco Duke Health

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