Girl who fought retinoblastoma is overjoyed to have a glass eye in her favorite color – Revista Crescer

People can have green, blue, brown eyes… But few – if any – have pink eyes and still have glitter. Almost none, because Daisy Passfield, an 8-year-old British girl, got hers. The little girl, who lives in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, England, had her eye removed at age 2 for cancer and needed a replacement. So, she was overjoyed to be able to choose her favorite color.

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Daisy was happy with her new prosthetic eye (Photo: Reproduction / The Mirror)

Daisy was diagnosed with retinoblastoma at 14 months. Her mother, Alysia Passfield, explained that she noticed something different in her daughter’s eye when she noticed a photo. So the family went to investigate and found out that she had cancer.

The little one then underwent a few rounds of chemotherapy, but instead of shrinking, the tumor broke into several pieces. Afraid that the cancer would spread, so the parents opted for the removal of the eye, with guidance from the doctors who took care of the girl’s case.

After years of wearing a blue prosthesis, she has now opted to switch to another one, in her favorite color – pink glitter. “I feel happy because everyone can see my bright pink eye,” she said, The Mirror. “I’m so excited to show everyone at school my glowing eye, I think they’ll love it, just like me. Everyone I’ve spoken to has told me it’s adorable. I’ve been told it looks like a superhero eye, a dragon eye. and a unicorn eye – and I like all those things,” he said.

Daisy and her mother, Alysa (Photo: Playback/ The Mirror)

“[Daisy] is one of the most confident people I have ever met,” said her mother, Alysia. “The only thing she can’t do is drive a combine or fly a plane, but I don’t think we need to worry about that,” he joked.

What is retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma, a type of eye tumor that is most common in childhood. According to experts, the treatment strategy is always to save life and preserve vision. The disease develops in the retina, and is most common in infants and young children, and is diagnosed before the age of 6 years. When the discovery is made early, the chances of cure are higher in 90% of cases.

Factors that need to be considered for tumors of all sizes are the “laterality of the disease, the vision-preserving potential, and intraocular and extraocular staging, i.e., what is its extent and severity.” “Small retinoblastoma tumors can be treated with special methods that allow the child to continue to see normally. In these cases that are in the initial phase, surgery is not performed, only methods that resemble laser and radiotherapy”, informs oncologist Sheila Ferreira, from Oncoclínicas São Paulo. She adds: “The main objective is to preserve the child’s life, as well as eyes and vision. The good news is that most cases can be cured, so early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment” .

More advanced cases, such as Daisy’s, can be submitted to different therapeutic approaches. The possible ones are:

● Enucleation surgery (surgical technique for mass removal without dissection of the eyeball);
● Local treatments, such as laser therapy and cryotherapy, combined with chemotherapy;
● Intravitreal and intra-arterial chemotherapy;
● Intravenous chemotherapy;
● Radiotherapy;
● Autologous bone marrow transplantation.

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