Dad Who Happens To Be A Medical Student, Sees Son’s Eye In Photo. Knows To Call 911 ASAP

Updated March 20, 2017

Cell phones tend to get a bad rap, and for good reason. They can be quite addicting. After all, they do have our entire lives and means of communication in one small handheld rectangle, so it’s not surprising that folks can’t help but spend a lot of time on their phones. Most phones even allow you to catch up on work, and since this can be done anywhere and everywhere, it makes it hard to resist the allure of the personal communication device. But, they also cause us to be a bit spacey and distant at times as we are so focused on checking emails, texts, and the many social media sites. They’ve also been known to give off dangerous radiation that is harmful to our health.

But, there are some good things that come along with the bad, right? They allow us to connect with friends and family on a regular basis and they are certainly helpful during emergencies. Imagine how much longer we had to wait for medics and police to arrive on the scene when we got into a car accident back in the early nineties.

Let’s not forget about the camera and video capability of today’s cell phones. They allow us to capture every moment of our child’s life, no matter where we are. If you’re over 25 years old, there is a good chance that your parents only have polaroids and old school developed photos of your memories, but today we have the luxury of chronicling our kid’s entire journey.

When Owen Scrivens’ was capturing his 14-month old son, Jaxson, on camera he happened to notice that one of the boy’s eyes had a white spot on it. Another bonus of today’s phones is that they produce crystal clear images and allow you to see things that you wouldn’t normally see in a regularly developed photo. After seeing the spot, Scrivens’ immediately began researching this type of spot online. He soon learned that the spot was valid enough reasoning to take his son to get checked out by the doctor.

After Jaxson was assessed by the doctor, it was determined that he had a rare form of cancer that starts in the retina, known as retinoblastoma.

“There’d been nothing else wrong, although after we noticed the eye color he started to develop a bit of a squint,” said Scrivens. “I looked through some old photos and you actually can see the point where it changes in late November.”

Jaxson underwent chemotherapy right away and because it was caught so fast, the tumor was shrunk to a third of the size.  While the issue will never go away completely, doctors can try to keep it under control by monitoring it regularly. They are hoping it will remain a small, benign mass. He may lose a little bit of tunnel vision, but his eyesight should remain intact.

So, while our handheld devices get a bad rap, there are definitely some pros. Little Jaxson’s eye was saved thanks to a photo that was taken on his dad’s cell phone.