A LITTLE girl lost an eye after doctors took two years to diagnose her with a rare form of cancer, The Sun reports. Mum Stephanie Beasely, 25, became aware of a problem with her two-year-old daughter’s eye when a Christmas family photo revealed a white glow in her pupil. She took Ezmai to a health care centre thinking she had a lazy eye but medics discharged her with good vision and told Stephanie to return in six months.
Ezmai underwent surgery last year and now wears an artificial eye. Stephanie and her fiance, James Hopkins, 23, said they thought Ezmai could still have both of her eyes if doctors had acted sooner. She said: “We were just fobbed off to start with. They told us her eyesight was fine and she wasn’t diagnosed for another 18 months.
“It was frightening to know she had cancer all this time,we were told she’d had it for quite a while. “I was angry it had not been picked up previously – it could have saved her eye. “My instincts told me there was something wrong with Ezmai but I felt no-one believed me and that I was going mad. It must have been mother’s intuition.”
Symptoms of retinoblastoma include a white reflection in the pupil which may show up in photos, a squint, a change in the colour of the iris or a red inflamed eye. But the symptoms are often not accompanied by pain. Around 40 per cent of cases are caused by a faulty gene which affects both eyes.
Stephanie continued: “Ezmai has bounced back amazingly and coped so well with everything that has been thrown at her. “She is very energetic and outgoing and she enjoys playing with anything and everything. “The operation hasn’t changed her one bit. “Of course, she was groggy when she first came around but the very next day she was having fun in the hospital playroom as if nothing had happened
“Her strength has helped us pull through this as a family. “We are still waiting for genetic tests to come back but so far everything is looking good and there are no signs of cancer anywhere else.
“So we have to be grateful for that but it’s hard not be angry when you know if this was spotted sooner, her eye could have possibly been saved.”