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Happy Snap Saves Child’s Eye

A mum’s happy snap of her infant son might save his life after the camera flash revealed a rare cancer in his eye, it was reported in The London Sun newspaper.

Samantha Rouse, a healthcare assistant from the U.K., took the photo of her nine-month-old son Jacob on an SLR camera and only noticed the white light emanating from his pupil when she had the film developed.

The healthcare assistant and mother-of-three was assured by her doctor that nothing was wrong and she had a battle to convince him that he needed to give her a referral to an eye specialist.

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Maybe my job makes me more cautious – it definitely means I was able to stand up to the doctor and insist Jacob went to hospital.

“Maybe my job makes me more cautious – it definitely means I was able to stand up to the doctor and insist Jacob went to hospital,” she told the Sun.

Jacob was subsequently diagnosed with three large tumours that had already blinded him in his left eye, plus three smaller tumours in his right eye that still threaten his remaining vision. He has to make regular visits to hospitals in Birmingham and Leeds – English cities which are 150km apart – for laser treatment and chemotherapy.

Jacob’s siblings Phoebe, three, and Harry, two have also been tested for the rare genetic disease retinoblastoma, which affects one in 15,000 people and tends to develop before the age of five.

White spots have been found on Harry’s eyes and he will undergo further examinations, prompting Mrs Rouse to urge other parents to check their children’s eyes.

“If it hadn’t been for me taking photos and insisting he got checked, he might have already lost his sight,” she said.