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.’
Dr. 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."