Mom’s photograph leads to cancer diagnosis in her young son

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – Call it a mother’s intuition or just a gut feeling, but for one mother, when she noticed something in her son’s eye, she knew it was bad.

Avery Fitzgerald is only 2, but his mother noticed something one day that gave her a bad feeling. Julie Fitzgerald told WREX that whenever she saw Avery in certain lighting, she noticed something in his one eye.

Julie started to wonder, so she began to research online.

She told her husband she thought it was cancer, but he told her not to worry.

She then took a picture, of all three of her sons, and noticed Avery’s one pupil was entirely white, instead of the typical red-eye seen in most flash photography.

It was retinoblastoma, 75 percent of Avery’s eye was covered in tumors and it had to be removed. Doctors said if they had waited too much longer, the cancer could have spread.

Avery will now be tested for a genetic marker, which would mean he could get other kinds of cancer in the future.

Chemotherapy is also unknown, but all of the cancer may have been removed.

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