Mom Shared A Photo Of Her Daughter's Sign Of Rare Eye Cancer And Saved Another Baby's Life

Date August 2, 2018

Cancer is known as an insidious disease. Many types of cancer produce no clearly recognizable signs and symptoms until the disease is fairly advanced. But sometimes, subtle signs are present, but it’s hard to notice them if you don’t know what to look for.

We are so glad that there are people who do notice such signs and then share this important information to help others!

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How a viral Facebook post can save a life

Charlotte Salisbury, a mom from the UK, noticed an unusual glint in the eye of her baby daughter Felicity. This glint was only noticeable in certain light, such as in pictures taken with flash on but without anti red-eye effect.

One of Charlotte’s friends saw that something is wrong with her daughter’s eyes and told her to see a doctor. When the woman took her daughter to the GP, she learned the news parents never want to hear: her daughter had retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer affecting very young children.

In order to warn other parents about the weird sign and what it may mean, Charlotte took to Facebook and wrote about her ordeal.

The post quickly went viral and has been shared more than 57,000 times. Among the people who saw this post, there was at least one mom who says she can’t thank Charlotte enough for saving her baby’s life.

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Taomi Sharlotte looked at the pictures of her daughter Lydia and recognized the very same sign Felicity had. The woman took her daughter to a doctor, and the girl was diagnosed with the same eye cancer. Lydia had had the disease for months, as can be seen in her old photos.

Both girls underwent chemo and are doing fine now. Unfortunately, Lydia’s left eye was removed, but the surgery saved her life. We don’t know if the girls’ mothers remain in contact, but we are sure they have the strongest bond two moms can have.

What is retinoblastoma and why is it so dangerous?

Retinoblastoma is a rare form of eye cancer that develops in the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye. According to The Independent, the disease affects 40 to 50 UK children every year.

Retinoblastoma is known as a childhood cancer, as it rarely affects adults.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease usually produces no symptoms. Here are the signs to look for:

  • the pupil looking white when light is shone in the eye (as in the pictures above);
  • eyes that seem to be looking in different directions;
  • eye redness and swelling.

If you notice these signs in your child’s eye (eyes), see the child's doctor as soon as possible.

Source: The Independent, Mayo Clinic

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