Taking a picture of your baby could reveal dangerous tumor - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Taking a picture of your baby could reveal dangerous tumor

Posted: Updated:
Dr. Ming Lu says if the eyes reflect red, the eyes are healthy. Dr. Ming Lu says if the eyes reflect red, the eyes are healthy.
Seeing a white or yellow reflection could mean a baby has a tumor. Photo courtesy of Children's Medical Center Dallas, Texas Seeing a white or yellow reflection could mean a baby has a tumor. Photo courtesy of Children's Medical Center Dallas, Texas
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • New Grimes ad hits McConnell on women's issues

    New Grimes ad hits McConnell on women's issues

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:21:38 GMT
    A new statewide TV ad from Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell for his voting record on women's issues.
    A new statewide TV ad from Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes criticizes Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell for his voting record on women's issues.
  • School condemned, some Meridian students will attend class in modular buildings

    School condemned, some Meridian students will attend class in modular buildings

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:13:27 GMT
    Less than three weeks from the first day of school, the Meridian High School parking lot looks more like a construction site. Crews are working to set up five mobile offices before the start of the school year.Meridian Elementary School students will start the new school year, and spend the next two years in modular classrooms.Meridian Elementary School was condemned after cleaning crews discovered toxic mold last summer.That created a space crunch for the Meridian School District. All studen...
    Less than three weeks from the first day of school, the Meridian High School parking lot looks more like a construction site. Crews are working to set up five mobile offices before the start of the school year.Meridian Elementary School students will start the new school year, and spend the next two years in modular classrooms.Meridian Elementary School was condemned after cleaning crews discovered toxic mold last summer.That created a space crunch for the Meridian School District. All studen...
  • McCarver to join St. Louis Walk of Fame

    McCarver to join St. Louis Walk of Fame

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:07 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:07:19 GMT
    The St. Louis Walk of Fame already features 10 men who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tim McCarver is about to make it No. 11.
    The St. Louis Walk of Fame already features 10 men who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tim McCarver is about to make it No. 11.
(KLTV) -

Parents love to snap pictures of their children, but it may be more beneficial than just capturing that special moment. Your camera could potentially help diagnose eye cancer in your child.

If you take a picture of your baby, pay attention to what color your baby's eyes reflect. Usually baby's eyes reflect red. If they reflect white or yellow, it could be a sign of a lethal tumor inside or around the eye. This is called the white flash test.

Dr. Ming Lu, an ophthalmologist in Tyler said, "When you look at picture, one (eye) will show red reflecting, the other will show white."

The reason this test works is our eyes can reflect red because it is reflecting the red color of the retina. If there is a tumor, then it can't reflect that color.

"The tumor itself is a white-yellowish mass. It blocks the retina," Dr. Lu adds.

Mary Steele noticed that when she took a picture of her then-one-year-old daughter Miah, the reflection just wasn't right. Eventually, the eye began to swell and her mother knew it was more than allergies; it was cancer.

"It kept getting bigger and bigger until a week later; it was, like, almost horrifying to see your baby look like that," Mary Steele said.

Miah endured twenty weeks of chemotherapy, followed by six months of radiation.

"They had to put her to sleep every day and I would have to be in there with her," Mary said.

They did the MRI and CT, after that said it was gone, and I was so happy."

Now Miah is back to running and playing, proving that a picture can be worth well more than a thousand words.

Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.