Toddler loses her eye to a rare form of cancer after her mother noticed she couldn't see

Mail Online | 10/11/2018 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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A toddler lost her eye to a rare form of cancer after her mother noticed she could not see while playing pirates.

Alice Taylor, from Poole, Dorset, was diagnosed with the rare, aggressive eye cancer retinoblastoma in May last year when she was just two years old.

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The youngster had been going blind in her left eye for months, however, nobody had noticed.

It was not until she put an eye patch over her right eye while dressing up as a pirate, that her mother, Emily, 30, realised her daughter could no longer see.

Alice - Rounds - Chemo - Laser - Therapy

Despite Alice enduring eight rounds of gruelling chemo, as well as laser therapy, surgeons were eventually forced to remove her eye.

The youngster, who turns four later this month, now wears a 'special' artificial eye and is back to being a 'cheeky, fun-loving little girl'.

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Emily first took Alice to see her GP in December 2016 after her nursery teacher pointed out that the youngster was squinting.

Her doctor referred her to an eye specialist at a local hospital.

Appointment - Months - Anything - Emily

'The appointment took a few months but we didn't think there was anything urgent to worry about,' Emily said.

'When we finally went we were told that she had a squint in her left eye and might need to wear a corrective patch. We were referred again to another consultant.'

Time - Relatives - Alice - Squint - Daughter

During this time, other relatives started to comment on Alice's squint and Emily noticed her daughter's eye appeared almost see-through in certain lighting.

Emily then took it open herself to do some online research and retinoblastoma came up.

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'I decided to do some tests at home, covering up each eye to see what happened,' she said.

'We played a pirate game, putting a patch over her "good eye", and it became clear she couldn't see.

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'At that point I panicked and called the hospital to ask...
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