Andrea Temarantz's husband called her the "crazy picture mom," but thanks to the Scottsdale, AZ, mom's shutterbug tendencies, her son Ryder is alive.
The mom of two usually snapped photos of her baby with her cellphone. When he was 3 months old, she noticed a glint in his left eye. At first she thought nothing of it, chalking it up to her crummy phone. Then she noticed the glint had gotten bigger, and turned into a glow.
She brought it to the pediatrician's attention at Ryder's 4-month checkup. The little boy was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare but deadly cancer of the eye. There are about 350 new cases a year. Most of the time, parents are the ones that spot it first, not doctors.
The Arizona couple are treating Ryder's retinoblastoma with a treatment that cures the cancer and saves the eye. It's called intra-arterial chemotherapy, and involves targeted chemotherapy to the blood vessel behind the eye. The treatment has a 99 percent success rate if it's caught early.
“We just hope for people to see how easy it would be to recognize this,” Temarantz told the New York Daily News. “Early detection is the main thing.”
“He’s only had one treatment but you would never know there was anything going on. I kind of chalked it up to my cellphone just being a crummy phone. It very well could have gotten so much bigger.”Posted by New York Daily News on Friday, January 29, 2016
“He’s only had one treatment but you would never know there was anything going on. I kind of chalked it up to my cellphone just being a crummy phone. It very well could have gotten so much bigger.”
via Mirror.co.uk and NYDailyNews.com
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