A simple picture a mother took of her 2-year-old son ended up saving his life, though not before giving her the scare of a lifetime.
It all began when Avery Fitzgerald’s mom noticed something was different about her youngest son. Julie Fitzgerald, Avery’s mother, explained:
Probably a couple months I would notice when I was looking at Avery in a light I would see something in the back of his eye.
1. This picture alerted Julie Fitzgerald that something was wrong with her son’s eye. His left eye is white rather than the normal red.
The mother wondered what that something could be, so she went online and found an article about a woman who saw a white eye in pictures of relatives, rather than the normal red eye. It turned out to be cancer.
Julie then told the story to her husband Patrick who responded that it was nothing. However, Julie was unable to shake the feeling that something was wrong. She told WREX:
I took a picture and I did not want to take the picture because I had this dreaded feeling in the pit of my stomach and I took the picture and boom. His whole pupil was just white and that’s when I knew.
That occurred three weeks ago. Julie ended up taking Avery to a specialist who broke the terrifying news to them.
2. The mother (pictured, left) wondered what that could mean, so she went online and found an article about a woman who saw a white eye in pictures of relatives, rather than the normal red eye.
He took one look and said there are multiple, multiple tumors.
The diagnosis was retinoblastoma — 75 percent of the boy’s eye was covered in tumors and it had to be removed. The doctors told the parents that, if they had waited much longer, the cancer could have spread to Avery’s brain and blood.
The parents learned that Avery had probably been blind in his left eye his whole life, however the tumors had begun growing just six weeks earlier. The boy’s dad said he had a very simple advice for other fathers out there:
Listen to your wife, that would be the first thing. Trust your gut.
3. The boy had his left eye removed in April and will end up getting a prosthetic eye.
Trust a momma’s gut.
And don’t wait, don’t wait to see if it improves.
Avery will end up getting a prosthetic eye. He is now being tested to determine whether he is at risk for more cancer. His parents don’t know yet if he will have to go through chemo, however at present they believe the cancer has been removed.
4. An Illinois mother discovered that her son had cancer after taking a picture of him.
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