Dr insists little girl only has an eye infection – mom knows she will die without 2nd opinion

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If you’ve ever raised a child, you’ll probably be aware just how common eye infections are. I can’t tell you how many times I had conjunctivitis as a youngster, and I’ve administered more eye drops to my own children than I’ve cooked hot meals.

So I can understand why Paul and Gaylene Robson weren’t overly concerned when they thought their daughter, Stella, had some sort of infection in her eye. Their doctor reassured them, too; he thought the same.

The doctor prescribed Paul and Gaylene antibiotics and creams to apply to Stella’s face. In a few days, he said, the issue would be gone.

Only, it wasn’t gone. Moreover, it was getting worse as the days went by. Before long her left eyelid turned bright red and became swollen.

Gaylene decided it was best to get a second opinion on the matter, and so took her daughter to an ophthalmologist. After an examination, they sent her for an emergency CT scan at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

The tumor was growing into the orbital bone, the bone that surrounds the eye… it was roughly 1.5 cm and shaped like a bell,” Gaylene explained.

Stella immediately underwent surgery to remove the tumor, with surgeons able to successfully remove the growth without damage to her tissue or brain.

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