Landon’s Story

Posted on 2016-04-13

The Friday after Thanksgiving 2015, I put my 2 boys (ages 4 and 2) in matching Christmas pajamas and took their picture in front of the Christmas tree. I usually do not use a flash, but somehow it was on this time and I immediately saw a white/yellow “Glow” in my 2-year-old, Landon’s, left eye. I remembered a story I read about the flash of a camera saving a little boy’s life and immediately knew something was not right. My husband and I spent the entire weekend researching and taking many more pictures, and “The Glow” appeared every time. After reaching out to Brian Shaw from Baylor University, we downloaded the free app he created, CRADLE, and discovered the glow had been in pictures as far back as March 2015. Monday morning we went to our pediatrician. After noticing something on the retina during a Red Reflex Test, he referred us to a pediatric ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist told us Landon had either Retinoblastoma or Coats’ Disease and referred us to a retina specialist. We were terrified! By Wednesday, Landon was diagnosed with Coats’ Disease and six days later underwent his first surgery and laser treatment to hopefully help restore some vision in his eye. Dr. Rand Spencer did a wonderful job with Landon’s surgery at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth, TX. It’s thanks to similar stories being told on social media that we were able to catch the Coats’ Disease early. I encourage anyone who reads this to go take pictures of the children in their lives using a flash. You just never know. It could save their life. Many Blessings to you all this Christmas.