Child saved after friend spots eye cancer in Facebook photo

Updated 17 December 2012
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Child saved after friend spots eye cancer in Facebook photo

A photo posted onto a mother’s Facebook page could have saved her baby’s life after a friend spotted a cancer in the infant’s eye. Kelly Glazbrook, from Minlaton on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, posted the photo of her son Finn onto Facebook, and friend Annalisa Wood spotted something suspicious. “I was kind of nervous because I didn’t want to worry her in case it was just a camera issue,” Annalisa said.
Annalisa, a medical scientist, suspected a tiny white reflection in Finn’s eye could be a sign of retinoblastoma — an aggressive children’s eye cancer. Finn’s mother booked him in to see the optometrist, who confirmed the suspicion, and Finn was soon rushed to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, two-and-a-half hours away. “We went from having a perfectly normal six-month-old to, 24 hours later, we had pretty much a cancer diagnosis,” said Kelly Glazbrook. “He seemed perfectly normal, there was absolutely no signs or symptoms.” Doctors had planned to remove the eye, but instead opted for chemotherapy.
While he has lost central vision in his eye, he still has peripheral vision. Annalisa has become a hero to the Glazbrook household. “It’s a cancer that can be dealt with if it is picked up early enough, and that is what she has given us,” Ms Glazbrook said.

 


French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism

Video shows priest slapping crying baby.
Updated 23 June 2018
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French priest suspended after slapping baby during baptism

  • The baby’s parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest’s grip
  • The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water

PARIS: A French Catholic priest was suspended Friday after a video of him smacking a crying baby during a baptism ceremony went viral, drawing widespread condemnation on social media.
In footage posted on Twitter on Thursday, gasps can be heard when the 89-year-old priest, after ordering the infant he is holding to “be quiet,” sharply slaps his cheek.
A few seconds later he smacks him again.
The baby’s parents, visibly shocked, eventually manage to extricate the child from the priest’s grip during the ceremony in Champeaux, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Paris.
“This loss of self-control can be attributed to the fatigue of an elderly priest, but that doesn’t excuse it,” the diocese of Meaux, which includes the town, said in a statement.
It said the priest would no longer be leading baptisms and weddings nor holding mass until further notice.
“The child was bawling and I needed to turn his head so I could pour the water. I was saying ‘be quiet’ but he wouldn’t calm down,” the priest told France Info radio on Friday.
“It was something between a caress and a little slap,” he said. “I was trying to calm him down, I didn’t really know what to do.”