Four-month-old Ryder was diagnosed with cancer in his left eye which was initially noticed in the photos taken with the cellphone. His mother, Andrea spotted an unusual glowing in her baby's left eye.
After referring to anophthalmologist, Ryder was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in his left eye. Dr. David H. Abramson, Chief of the Ophthalmic Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering told the mother that they are lucky as they detected the tumor early and it has not spread to other critical organs yet.
‘Eye cancer was detected in 4-month-old baby by the glint in his left eye noticed in the photos taken from a cellphone.’
AdvertisementDr. Abramson has recommended three to six rounds of ophthalmic artery chemosurgery which is a better option compared to regular chemotherapy. Likewise, Ryder will have a 99% recovery and still have the same vision in his left eye.
The mother now hopes that her story will encourage other parents to always pay attention to their children. "We just hope for people to see how easy it would be to recognize this," said Temarantz. "My husband has always thought I was 'crazy picture mom,' but look at us now. So early detection is the main thing."