Miguel was 2 months old when his mother, Liliana, started to notice a glare in his eyes in photographs. Just three months later, tests revealed Miguel had retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer. There were tumors in both of his eyes.
“When Miguel was born, I was so excited and happy for his future,” Liliana said. “I was so worried when I learned he had cancer. I was afraid he’d lose his eyesight.”
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Doctors in Mexico recommended Miguel’s eyes be removed, confirming Lilian’s worst fears. Desperate to save her son’s vision, Liliana obtained a referral to St. Jude.
Soon after Miguel and Liliana arrived at St. Jude, doctors told Liliana they believed they could save her son’s eyes. “I felt like a weight was lifted from my shoulders,” she said.
Miguel’s treatment included a combination of chemotherapy, laser treatment and cryotherapy. He also received physical, occupational and speech therapies, which helped keep him on track to meet his milestones.
Miguel, a happy boy who loves to laugh, is now finished with treatment and has vision in both eyes.
Not only did Miguel’s doctors treat him with such love and dedication, they also saved his vision.
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