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Tina, a proud mom from the U.K., couldn’t wait for her sister to see new photos of her 3-year-old son, Taylor.
Tina planned on submitting them to a children’s modeling agency.
But the very second that Taylor’s aunt Geraldine saw his modeling photos in 2013, she immediately noticed something strange. Geraldine saw an unusual white, shadowy glow in Taylor’s right pupil that reminded her of an article she once read about retinoblastoma, a rare yet aggressive form of eye cancer that occurs in toddlers.
The doctor asked Tina to bring in some photos, so she looked through all of the pictures she’d taken since Taylor was born — and there was that strange white shadow in nearly every photo, even in one taken when Taylor was just 4 days old.
Tina had spotted the glow before, but had always assumed it was just the camera flash.
Tina and her husband, Simon, took Taylor to the doctor — and at the age of 3, Taylor was diagnosed with a rare childhood eye cancer called retinoblastoma. He had three small tumors in his left eye and a larger one in his right.
The bigger tumor tore his retina, leaving him blind in that eye. But after four months of chemotherapy, Taylor’s tumors were successfully shrunken.
According to St. Jude, “Retinoblastoma is usually diagnosed before a child reaches the age of 3… About 250 to 300 children in the United States are found to have retinoblastoma each year.”