A mum from Queensland has shared her horror and heartbreak after discovering her five-year-old daughter had cancer in a photo…
When Queensland mum, Kellie Perren, noticed a recurring ghostly white glow over her daughter’s eye in pictures, she knew something was wrong. Her daughter, Isabelle, was five years old before she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer.
A Difficult Diagnosis
Kellie says the process of reaching a diagnosis for little Isabelle was a difficult one, and she never expected to discover her daughter had cancer in a photo. “I couldn’t explain it,” she told 7news. “I kept asking people if they could see it, but no one could see it. It was like a ghost went really quick, like you couldn’t get a good look at it.”
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Eventually, doctors discovered that Isabelle had multiple tumours in both eyes and her left eye had to be removed. Retinoblastoma is notoriously difficult to detect, but illumination by flash photography can be the first indication. Dr Jayne Camuglia told 7News that though the cancer is curable in 9 out of 10 children but can have devastating consequences if not caught early.
“It does need to be detected very early,” she said. “Some children might present with a turn in their eyes.” It’s a warning that Kellie hopes other parents will take on board. “Don’t wait for somebody else to see it,” she urged viewers. “Go and get it checked.”
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