iPhone camera caught rare form of eye cancer in 3 month-old son

Asher Hero
Asher Hero (Image credit: Fox News)

What you need to know

  • A mom took a photo of her son when he was three months old.
  • She noticed something in his eye that helped doctors discover a rare form of eye cancer.

While there are plenty of stories about the Apple Watch helping to save someone's life, this latest story is actually about the iPhone.

As reported by Fox News, Josie Rock, a 41-year-old parent of three from Gainesville, Georgia, was taking photos of her three-month-old son Asher. Rock then noticed something off about one of the photos.

"I was just taking pictures of him and the lighting happened to change in our room, the flash caught the reflection and his eye was glowing white," Rock told FOX News Tuesday."I knew right then and there that Asher had cancer. It was chilling to say the least. He was just a baby," Rock said.

Asher Photo

Asher Photo (Image credit: Fox News)

The photo led Rock to get Asher tested and, sure enough, he was diagnosed with grade D retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer. Thankfully, the cancer was caught early and Asher went through treatment successfully.

"At first we gave him [Asher] chemotherapy intravenous and the ophthalmologist used lasers on the spots [on his eye] and there were responses. He finished chemo in 2015. The problem with retinoblastoma is it can pop up in other places. Over time, he had a few new ones pop up and they were lasered," Olson said.

According to the report, Asher has gone through 54 exams to date and continues to be treated to ensure that the cancer does not return.

"I have never known a stronger kid," Rock said. "He's so positive – he's not a complainer – he finds the joy in everything we do."

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.