Woman's Facebook friends come to aid of daughter's vision - KCTV5 News

Woman's sharp-eyed Facebook friends come to aid of daughter's vision

Tara Taylor's photo of her 3-year-old daughter, Rylee, received something much different -- and much more valuable: some well-founded concern from her friends. Tara Taylor's photo of her 3-year-old daughter, Rylee, received something much different -- and much more valuable: some well-founded concern from her friends.

Posted: 2014-04-02 13:33:08
Updated: 2014-04-02 14:57:06

By Jonathan Anker. HLN

(CNN) - Parents posting all those photos of their children on Facebook can usually count on receiving a steady stream of "Likes" and comments along the lines of, "Awww!" or "OMG she's gotten so big!"

However, Tara Taylor's photo of her 3-year-old daughter, Rylee, received something much different -- and much more valuable: some well-founded concern from her friends.

In the picture, which Taylor posted because Rylee had done her own hair, the 3-year-old's left eye has a white circle in the middle, not unlike the reflection you sometimes see from using the flash. But two of Taylor's friends saw something else.

"They said, 'Hey, I'm sure it's nothing. It's probably the lighting, but your daughter's eye is glowing and you might want to have it checked out because it's a sign there could be an issue with her eye,'" Taylor told HLN Memphis affiliate WREG.

Turns out her friends were right.

Taylor took her daughter to a retina specialist, who diagnosed the little girl with Coats' disease. The rare condition causes full or partial vision loss, typically in one eye, and early detection is key to treating it.

Taylor can credit her Facebook post for that.

"If caught early, some level of vision can typically be restored. If not treated until its later stages, complete loss of vision can occur," according to the Coats' Disease Foundation.

The group says fewer than 200,000 people have the disorder, which often is diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 8. There is no cure, but the foundation's website, addressing parents, says, "With your support, as well as that of doctors, therapists and teachers, your child should be able to do everything a fully sighted child can do."

WREG reported that Rylee now has procedures done every few months on her left eye to help maintain the vision she still has.

Article on CNN.com

'CNN' © 2013 Cable News Network.Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 1 killed, 1 injured in early morning shooting in KC

    1 killed, 1 injured in early morning shooting in KC

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:03 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:03:57 GMT
    (KCTV5)(KCTV5)
    The area where the shooting happened. (KCTV5)The area where the shooting happened. (KCTV5)

    The police are investigating a double shooting that killed one person in Kansas City early on Sunday.

    More >

    The police are investigating a double shooting that killed one person in Kansas City early on Sunday.

    More >
  • 2 local women killed in crash in Oklahoma

    2 local women killed in crash in Oklahoma

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:11 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:11:50 GMT
    (AP)(AP)
    (AP)(AP)
    Two local 25-year-old women died in a crash in Oklahoma on Saturday morning. The crash happened at about 7:15 a.m. on US-69 just north of Durant, Oklahoma. A 35-year-old man from Overland Park was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu southbound and was behind a semi-truck when it hit the semi and rolled over into the median. Jamesha Brooks from Overland Park and Maurtica Britt from Kansas City, Kansas died at the scene. Both women were 25 years old. A 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old b...More >
    Two local 25-year-old women died in a crash in Oklahoma on Saturday morning. The crash happened at about 7:15 a.m. on US-69 just north of Durant, Oklahoma. A 35-year-old man from Overland Park was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu southbound and was behind a semi-truck when it hit the semi and rolled over into the median. Jamesha Brooks from Overland Park and Maurtica Britt from Kansas City, Kansas died at the scene. Both women were 25 years old. A 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old b...More >
  • 'Free,’ 'Good home only' written across body of abandoned dog

    'Free,’ 'Good home only' written across body of abandoned dog

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:56 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:56:19 GMT
    (Photo: Brittany May, Facebook/WKRC)(Photo: Brittany May, Facebook/WKRC)

    A dog in Ohio is looking for a new home after someone wrote “free” and “good home only” across its body in permanent marker before abandoning it in a park.

    More >

    A dog in Ohio is looking for a new home after someone wrote “free” and “good home only” across its body in permanent marker before abandoning it in a park.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.