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.”
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Doctors in Mexico recommended Miguel’s eyes be removed, confirming Liliana’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 includes 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.
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