A few months back,Â Julie Fitzgerald noticed something odd when light would hit her son Avery’s eye. Curious, she began to do research on the internet, where several people recounted how a white glint in their eye turned out to be cancer.
So the Illinois mother grabbed her camera and snapped a picture of her son, in order to investigate further.
â€œI took a picture and I did not want to take the picture because I had this dreaded feeling in the pit of my stomach and I took the picture and boom,â€ said Julie. â€œHis whole pupil was just white and thatâ€™s when I knew.â€
Upon seeing the white reflection in her son’s eye as a result of the flash on the camera, Julie along with her husband Patrick, took their son to see a specialist.
And that’s when they got the devastating diagnosis: 75 percent of their son’s eye was covered in tumors from a condition known asÂ retinoblastoma.
Doctors said that if the parents waited to remove the tumors, that the cancer would spread to his blood, and possibly infect his brain. But the good news was, that since Avery had been blind most of his life in that eye, removing the tumors would not affect him very much.
Following the ordeal, the dad said he has advice for parents out there.
â€œListen to your wife, that would be the first thing,â€ he said. â€œTrust your gut.â€