Dad Detects His Infant Son's Cancer From Tiny Detail In Photo

A father was miraculously able to detect his infant son's cancer through a mere photograph.

While looking back at the many pictures he had taken of his son since he was born, one particular photo stood out among the rest for Owen Scrivens.

Within a month of noticing the minuscule detail, 14-month-old Jaxson Scrivens was bravely facing his first round of chemotherapy.


It's certainly easy to miss with just a cursory glance, but upon a closer look, Owen noticed his son had a white reflection in one of his eyes, and a red one in the other.

Owen, a student in medical school and a part-time carer from Felpham, West Sussex, said,

In December, Owen and his partner, Emily, took Jaxson to see a general physician, who apparently had "never seen anything like it" in 17 years' experience.


A few doctor visits later, Jaxson was referred to an eye specialist at the Royal London Hospital, who discovered his cancer.

The infant received his first round of chemotherapy treatment in late December. According to Owen, Jaxson's tumor has already shrunk to a third of its size.

Unfortunately, the tumor will never fully disappear, and Jaxson will need monitoring for the rest of his life. However, doctors hope they can shrink the tumor down to a small benign mass to ultimately save Jaxson's eye.


Owen said,

The couple has since started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Sussex Snowdrop Trust, a charity for children with life-threatening illnesses, and the Piam Brown unit in Southampton General Hospital, where Jaxson is currently receiving treatment.

Owen and Emily also started the page as a way to raise awareness of Jaxson's rare disease, so parents can check for "the glow."


He said,

Citations: Father detected son's cancer after seeing this picture of him (Metro.co.uk), Jaxsons' fight with cancer. (GoFundMe), Know the Glow (Children's Hospital Los Angeles)