What She Saw In The Reflection Of Her Baby Son’s Photos Made Her Take Action…THAT Kept Him Alive!

What She Saw In The Reflection Of Her Baby Son’s Photos Made Her Take Action…THAT Kept Him Alive!

What mother do you know that doesn’t take hundreds- if not thousands – of photos of her infant? As unbelievable as it may sound, a camera’s flash helped save the life of a four-month-old boy in Arizona.This is INCREDIBLE:

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Ryder Temarantz’s mother Andrea said that beginning in December, she noticed a ‘white glow’ in her son’s left eye whenever she took a picture using a flash.

Andrea Temarantz thought it was just a ‘bad camera phone’, but when the glow showed up in Ryder’s eye in a photo taken on a DSLR she got for Christmas from a cousin, she decided ask a doctor about the condition. The boy was then diagnosed with retinoblastoma on January 5.

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‘It looks almost like a flashlight in his eye. A tiny flashlight,’ Temarantz told 12News of her son, who has Down syndrome. ‘150 (pictures) a day. Out of 145, his eye was glowing.’

Retinoblastoma is an eye cancer that starts in the retina – or the back of the eye – and is most common in children.

A white tumor mass in the back of Ryder’s eye was producing the ‘glow’ seen in many photos as it reflected lights from camera flashes, mother-of-two Temarantz told ABC.

The Temarantz decided earlier this year to take Ryder to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, which has the world’s largest team of physicians dedicated to patients with retinoblastoma.

There, it was discovered that the tumor in Ryder’s left eye had not spread to any other critical organs, like his brain, Dr David H Abramson, chief of the Ophthalmic Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering, told ABC.

‘Worldwide, 50 per cent of the children who had retinoblastoma last year died,’ Abramson said. ‘It’s one of those cancers that can be fatal if not detected early, so it’s great that his mom noticed it early and got it checked out.’

Ryder is now prepping to undergo three to six rounds of ophthalmic artery chemosurgery, Abramson said.

A six-foot-long catheter, which is as thin as angel hair pasta, will be threaded into a blood vessel of Ryder’s groin, Abramson said.

It will then go through the belly, into the chest and neck and then put through ‘the one little blood vessel of the human eye to deliver high concentration and dosage of chemotherapy directly to the tumor’.

Because of the severe side effects of regular chemotherapy, the procedure is considered a better option for young patients.

Young Ryder has a 99 per cent chance of recovering from the cancer. He will also likely still have some vision in his left eye.

Despite the struggles, Ryder is ‘active and alert like nothing ever happened to him,’ Temarantz said.

And above all, ‘Ryder is the happiest baby you’d ever meet’, Temarantz told 12News.

She said that if the family had waited to bring up the white glow, that the cancer ‘could’ve spread to his brain’, and that she has advice for fellow parents.

‘Take a lot of pictures of your kids and leave the flash on,’ she told 12 News. ‘If you see it (glow) once. Take more’

Luckily for Ryder, he had a mom that was REALLY paying attention. Keep an eye on your baby’s pictures too!

Written by Katie McGuire. Send your hate mail to the author at [email protected], or feel free to mean tweet me at @GOPKatie, where I will be sure to do very little about it.


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