This mother's intuition saved her son's life.
When Julie Fitzgerald had a gut feeling something was wrong with her two-year-old son Avery's left eye, she decided to take his picture — a tip she once read in a Facebook post about early detection of retinoblastoma.
The white glow in Avery's left eye in this photo led to his cancer diagnosis. (Photo Credit: R/R)
Sure enough, Julie's cellphone snapshot revealed a white glow in Avery's left eye — a marker of retinoblastoma, a quick-moving form of cancer most often found in the eyes of about 1 in 15,000 children under age three.
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When the mother-of-three took her son to the doctor, her worst fears were confirmed. Avery had tumors covering 75 percent of his eye and was immediately diagnosed with retinoblastoma. Thankfully, a team of surgeons were able to remove the little boy's eye before the disease spread to his brain, and Avery is now cancer-free.
Avery with his dad after having his cancerous eye removed. (Photo Credit: R/R)
"Our lives went from normal to cancer to a cancer-survivor. [That photo] turned out to be our worst nightmare, but it saved our son's life," Julie said of the scary ordeal.
The Fitzgeralds — who live in Rockford, Ill. — are still waiting to hear from doctors whether Avery will need to undergo chemotherapy to further treat the rare cancer, but remain hopeful he will recover and reach a full remission, ABC News correspondent Jesse Palmer explained during a Good Morning America news segment on Tuesday morning.
Watch Avery's story in the video below.
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