Eye Loss from Retinoblastoma

The diagnosis of retinoblastoma is devastating for parents. Their young child is in danger from cancer. There may be a sense of urgency. Surgery to remove the eye may be necessary. Loretta McIntyre was five years old when a specialist visiting her remote community arranged an emergency evacuation to Perth to have her eye checked. Jillian, her mother, tells “A Story About Loretta”. Jillian’s story illustrates something which we often see in our clinic. Young children adjust very quickly to their new circumstances brought about by eye loss. The journey of recovery parents is far more complex. I am very grateful to Jillian for sharing her story.

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