An eight-year-old girl who had her eye removed due to cancer replaced it with a sparkly pink prosthesis.
Eight-year-old Daisy Passfield was diagnosed with Grade D retinal cancer when she was 14 months old.
She had chemotherapy to shrink her tumor but unfortunately, two months after the chemo ended, Daisy had a relapse.
The girl had her right eye removed in a four-hour operation when she was two years old after a new procedure that aims to shrink the tumor, broke the tumor into several parts, and the family didn’t want it to spread.
And after years of having a blue prosthetic eye, this summer she chose to have a sparkly pink prosthetic eye wear as she’s a fan of shiny things.
Instead of sticking with a matching blue lens, the confident schoolgirl surprised her family and doctors by asking for a new eye in her favorite color: glitter pink.
Now she is proud to show her “superhero” eye which, according to friends, looks worthy of a unicorn or a dragon, much to Daisy’s delight.
Daisy, of Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, said: “I am happy because everyone can see my pink and sparkling eye.
“I am so excited to show everyone at school my sparkling eye.
“I think they will love it just like me.
“Everyone I spoke to said how adorable it is.
“I was told it looks like a superhero eye, a dragon eye and a unicorn eye and I like all of those things.”
Daisy’s mom, Alysia Passfield, 30, said it was “difficult” to try and get a diagnosis for Daisy’s condition.
Alysia said she noticed that something was wrong with Daisy as she looked at a picture of her.
He said, “I noticed it from a photograph – it had a white glow in its eye and its eye had a frosting on it.”
The most common symptoms are a white glow in the eye or pupil in low light conditions or when taking a picture using a flash and squinting.
She was diagnosed with retinoblastoma – a rare and aggressive form of eye cancer that affects infants and young children, mainly under the age of six – in October 2015.
Alysia said she was “relieved” to finally have a diagnosis and added: “I knew something was wrong.
“Obviously I was upset and a little bit in shock.
“Daisy was absolutely fine, took it slow and has six rounds of chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumor.”
Unfortunately, Daisy relapsed two months after the chemotherapy ended and began intra-arterial chemotherapy, a more recent procedure that aims to shrink the tumor.
Intra-arterial chemotherapy is a new method of delivering chemotherapy drugs directly into the eye rather than around the body.
Daisy was given a general anesthetic for treatment, which involved passing a catheter through the femoral artery, until it was in the ophthalmic artery.
Once the catheter is in place, the chemotherapy drug is administered through the tube and is able to act directly on the eye tumor (s).
Instead of shrinking the tumor, the treatment had broken the tumor into several parts.
Alysia said: “By September 2016, we decided to have her eye removed, because the chemo she had had ruptured the tumor into several parts and we didn’t want the tumor to spread.”
The operation took about four hours and Alysia said she was always on “autopilot”.
After the operation, Daisy was given a blue eye that matched her natural color.
Daisy got her new eye on July 28 and 22.
Alysia said: “Daisy has always been passionate about shiny things, makeup and looking good.
“We went to our date, I told the woman that Daisy has a different colored eye and they said they can.”
Alysia said Daisy has a “completely normal” life.
He said: “He is one of the safest people I have ever met.
“The only thing he can’t do is drive a combine harvester or fly a plane, but I don’t think we need to worry about that happening.”
Daisy has an older sister named Immy Rose, 10, and a brother, Oakley, four.
Alysia said Immy was “very caring” and added, “She was one of the most helpful little girls when we went through her.”
Reflecting on how Daisy’s diagnosis affected her, Alysia said, “I don’t really know, it was one of those things where you just have to get over it.
“We were 23 at the time. We had to do what we had to do and we had to make sure he was okay.”
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust says 50 cases are diagnosed per year in the UK – or one child per week.
It accounts for 3% of all childhood cancers and 10% of cancers in children under the age of one in the UK.