Mom Uses Smartphone to Detect Eye Cancer
A mother who was fairly suspicious about strange spots in her 2-year-old’s eye, managed to diagnose the cancerous glow by simply snapping a picture of her son.
Julie Fitzgerald was in tune with strange spots that had formed in ear son’s eye, but she initially brushed them off. It wasn’t until she came across a viral story on Facebook that she came to know about how a white glow appearing in an eye in photos can signal cancer.
The terrified mother went ahead to test the theory and snapped a photo of her son, Avery. It was just as the Facebook story had mentioned. The white glow was present in the photos and helped the mother take the necessary precautions before it was too late.
“I just had this gut feeling in my stomach that something was wrong with his eye,” Fitzgerald told ABC News.
Avery was then taken to a specialist who diagnosed him with retinoblastoma. The cancerous tumors had already covered 75 percent of his eye. It had to be completely removed, but Fitzgerald said that they caught it just in time.
“If we did not get this eye out, the cancer would spread to his blood and to his brain,” Fitzgerald said. “Our lives went from normal to cancer to a cancer survivor in three weeks. It turned out to be our worst nightmare but it saved our son’s life.”
This is a fairly useful tip for everyone out there. Such tell-tale signs can help catch cancer spot before they have spread beyond recovery.