Breaking News

Nurse spots eye cancer from Facebook picture, saving toddler's life

by Staff Reporter
11 January 2013 | 6147 Views
A nurse saved a toddler from cancer after looking at her Facebook picture.

Nicola Sharp was browsing through friend Michele Freeman's profile when she saw a flash photo of Michele's daughter Grace.

It showed the two-year-old with a white pupil in her left eye instead of the usual "red eye" effect.

Nicola, 42, who has 20 years' experience in child nursing, knew at once that this could indicate an eye tumour.

She immediately contacted Michele and Grace was diagnosed with retinoblastoma.

The two tumours meant the tot lost all sight in her left eye. But doctors told Michele that left untreated it could have been fatal.

The 37-year-old mum said: "There is no doubt in my mind that Nicola saved Grace's life.

"There were no signs she had any problems and we never would have known without her looking at the picture.

"There is very little awareness of this condition and only around 50 people in the UK are diagnosed with it each year.

"Without Nicola it would not have shown up until Grace had a school eye test and things would have been much worse."

Nicola, who lives in Middleton, Manchester, is the team leader for the local school nursing services.

She said: "I was just looking at the photos when I noticed something odd.

"Normally you get a red eye tint in photos but where the eye comes out white it can mean something is wrong. We were praying that it was nothing serious but unfortunately it was."

Grace now has to travel to Birmingham every four weeks for laser treatment and doctors will have to monitor the condition for the rest of her life.




Retinoblastoma affects only young children and the most common symptom is that the pupil tends to reflect light as white.

Michele, from Heywood, Manchester, added: "I really want to give a massive thank you to Nicola and to all my family and friends who have been so supportive over the past four weeks.

Nicola Sharp cancer from Facebook

Source: Mirror

Should airtime and street vendors pay the $1 a day State levy?

Yes
11.8%
No
78.09%
Desperation
10.11%
178

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Israel Gaza Conflict, difficult to resolve

by Zanda Shumba | 01 August 2014 | 85 Views

'Gono remains our choice,' says Zanu-PF - President Robert Mugabe's Za...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 198 Views

'Econet will not engage in price wars,' says Mboweni - Econet Wireless...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 261 Views

A year on and we still have no idea what ZIMASSET is

by Ashirai Mtirikwi Mawere | 01 August 2014 | 229 Views

ZANU PF not treating Ndebeles as second class citizens - Some people g...

by Stewart Murewa | 01 August 2014 | 1239 Views

Passport scam at Zim's borders with South Africa and Botswana - Corrup...

by Hangoyapalala Wa Tjibundule | 01 August 2014 | 2569 Views

'There is no intelligence in Zimbabwe,' says Baba Jukwa

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 3218 Views

'Kraal and village heads belong to Zanu-PF,' says Obert Mpofu

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1436 Views

Man loses $11,000 to sangoma - A Harare man reportedly lost more than ...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1579 Views

'Elections were flawed,' says top Zanu-PF official - DEPUTY Justice Mi...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1949 Views

'It was horror working with Tsvangirai,' says Mugabe - President Rober...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1966 Views

Student bashed to death by schoolmates over stolen cellphone - TERENCE...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1430 Views

Obert Mpofu attacks Zanu-PF VP selection process as undemocratic - AMB...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1511 Views

Makanaka Wakatama regrets early marriage - They say experience is the ...

by Farai Kuvirimirwa | 01 August 2014 | 2173 Views

Mugabe throws lavish party, as economy grinds to a halt - President Mu...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1105 Views

'I'm not sleeping,' says Chinamasa - IN a move that shows government h...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1523 Views

Mnangagwa seeks Gono alliance - SUCCESSION manoeuvres in Zanu-PF are i...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1385 Views

'ZBC will never be the same,' says Jonathan Moyo - MEDIA, Information ...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1264 Views

Omafikizolo blamed for MDC-T problems - SOME founding members of the M...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 797 Views

Air Zimbabwe's Chinese made MA60 planes back in the skies - AIR Zimbab...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 866 Views

Why Jonathan Moyo lost - MDC-Renewal team leader Tendai Biti may be ba...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1225 Views

'Zimbabwe opposition has failed to read new political economy' - OXFOR...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 629 Views

Grace Mugabe factor rocks Mujuru faction - FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe's e...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 2017 Views

Cobbler bashes wife for serving him cold food

by Staff Reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1284 Views

Ambulance driver kills nurse wife - A BEITBRIDGE Rural District Counci...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 2349 Views

Zimbabwe soldiers go berserk, beat up residents - ROWDY soldiers alleg...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 2352 Views

High Court judge bars Chombo

by Staff Reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1541 Views

Court official charades as High Court judge, dupes SA national

by Staff Reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1072 Views

NRZ demonstrations blocked by police - POLICE have barred National Rai...

by Staff Reporter | 01 August 2014 | 1239 Views

Entertainment

Bulawayo born musician makes waves in UK - BULAWAYO-BORN musician Nom...

by Staff reporter | 01 August 2014 | 819 Views

Miss Zimbabwe UK 2014 aims to raise bar in quality

by Staff Reporter | 29 July 2014 | 2096 Views

Gospel singer wants prostitution to be legalised - Controversial gospe...

by Staff reporter | 27 July 2014 | 4557 Views

Zimbabwean boy revels in Soul Brothers music

by Lovemore Dube | 26 July 2014 | 7643 Views

Carl Joshua Ncube to tour with brand new material - The brand new stan...

by Staff Reporter | 24 July 2014 | 1104 Views

Macheso gears up for UK tours - In an apparent joint preparation for t...

by Entertainment reporters | 23 July 2014 | 2071 Views

DJ Munya is back - After a two-year hiatus, DJ Munya - real name Munya...

by Entertainment Reporter | 23 July 2014 | 4329 Views