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Benji was just two weeks old when he had his first RetCam eye screening where they found a small mass in his right eye.

In Benji’s case early detection enabled immediate treatment to save his eye and sight. Babies who are born early like Benji are at risk of a condition that can have dramatic consequences lasting their entire lives. Eye diseases such as cancers and Retinopathy of Prematurity – a condition caused by lack of oxygen to the eyes – can cause babies to go blind. Something no child should have to go through.

With your urgent support we can fund more vital equipment and technology for our littlest patients and be part of helping children like Benji get well and stay well. Make a donation today.

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Meet Benji and his family

Benji's Story

Benji was just two weeks old when he had his first RetCam eye screening. His parents, Tim and Zoe, had more reasons than most to feel nervous. At around two years old Tim lost an eye to a childhood cancer called Retinoblastoma and now he has a glass eye. They knew this meant Benji was more at risk of developing the same cancer.

On the day of the scan, Perth Children’ Hospital Opthalmology Consult Professor Geoffrey Lam saw something that made their hearts sink.

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“He found a small mass in Benji’s right eye, so he booked us into Perth Children’s Hospital to have his eyes examined further and the tumours were also lasered then and there,” says Zoe.

Benji’s mass was Retinoblastoma, the same eye cancer his dad Tim had as a child.

“It was a big shock that was quite hard to process,” says Zoe. “When reality hit me, I was in tears. We stayed over in hospital Christmas Eve and we were there Christmas morning.”

In Benji’s case early detection enabled immediate treatment to save his eye and his sight. Babies who are born early like Benji are at risk of a condition that can have dramatic consequences lasting their entire lives. Eye diseases such as cancers and Retinopathy of Prematurity – a condition caused by lack of oxygen to the eyes – can cause babies to go blind.

Perth Children’s Hospital is a world-class facility and the Foundation works closely with those on the frontline of children’s healthcare to have an impact where it counts most. We fund a range of equipment and technology from ultrasound systems for use during neurosurgery to robotic arms used in Kid’s Rehab. With your help we make world-class technology like these and the portable RetCams accessible to children throughout WA, resulting in better treatments and better health outcomes.

Right now, Benji is just 11 weeks old and undergoing chemotherapy as an extra precaution to ensure all the cancer is gone. You can imagine how difficult this is for Tim and Zoe. But they’re extremely proud of how strong their boy has been – and they’re thankful he was diagnosed before it was too late to help him.

With your urgent support we can fund more vital equipment for out littlest patients. You are a part of helping children like Benji get well and stay well.

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