Baby Ferdinand Fights Retinoblastoma

Baby Ferdinand Fights Retinoblastoma

Baby Ferdinand was born in Medan, Indonesia. His parents were ecstatic with their first born, but their happiness was short-lived.  Within the first month, Baby Ferdinand‘s paternal grandmother noticed something she had seen 30 years ago in her own son. Her son had Retinoblastoma and had his left eye enucleated. While holding her grandson she noticed the same symptoms that her son had 30 years ago.  Likewise, Baby Ferdinand too was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and the doctor in Kuala Lumpur enucleated his left eye.

A month later, Dr. Sethi Sundaram from Globe Eye Hospital Bangalore went to Medan for a Rotary Club Meeting. At this meeting, Baby Ferdinand’s grandmother, an active Rotary Club member, took the opportunity to talk with him regarding her grandson. Dr. Sethi suggested the family visit Bangalore to see Dr. Mahesh Shanmugham, a specialist in Ocular Oncology at Sankara Eye Hospital. As the family was ready to do anything to save Ferdinand’s life they went to Bangalore.

They were happy to see his chemotherapy treatment began promptly and were also upset to hear that the Kuala Lumpur doctor had wrongly enucleated his left eye.  In cases of retinoblastoma, prompt treatment with chemotherapy has excellent prognosis in eradicating cancer and saving life.

Baby Ferdinand and his mother, Carolina, stayed in Bangalore and continued with monthly chemotherapy treatment. The side effects of chemotherapy had taken a toll on Ferdinand – loss of appetite, loss of hair, vomiting, diarrhea but as in all cases of retinoblastoma, the most important aspect was to save his life. Carolina was very thankful for the care they received at Sankara Eye Hospital and returned back to Indonesia with a handsome, healthy baby.