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A 10-year-old girl underwent successful colon surgery Monday, ending a protracted court fight between Texas child welfare authorities and her parents, who opposed the operation.

Rachel Stout was in good condition after removal of her colon at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, doctors said.

Hospital officials said no more information would be released at the request of her parents, Steve and Patricia Stout.

Rachel suffered from severe ulcerative colitis and her parents fought the state since early September over her care before signing a consent form for the surgery Sunday.

The legal tug of war with Texas Child Protective Services stretched to Canada and back before Rachel ended up in North Carolina. Six doctors in three cities recommended surgery, but the Stouts held out hope that alternative treatment could save Rachel's life.

They finally agreed to comply with Dr. William Treem, Duke's chief of pediatric gastroenterology, who recommended the surgery.

Doctors said Rachel should eventually be able to live normally without her colon.

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