"Left Lean" Loop with Recursion (Java)

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    The idea is: for each "left lean" path, try to find its "end leaf" with a while loop. When passing by each node, gather the value from the node's right sub-tree.

        public int sumOfLeftLeaves(TreeNode root) {
            if (root == null) return 0;
            TreeNode curr = root;
            int sum = 0;
            while (true) {
                sum += sumOfLeftLeaves(curr.right);
                curr = curr.left;
                if (curr == null) break;
                if (curr.left == null && curr.right == null) {
                    sum += curr.val;
            return sum;

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