Facebook photo results in leukemia diagnosis, saving boy's life

A 4-year-old boy was diagnosed with leukemia after his father posted an image of his rash on Facebook. He is now going through a three-year-course of chemotherapy.

4-year-old Ted Rice was diagnosed with leukemia after his father, Philip Rice, uploaded a photo of him to Facebook. Dr. Sara Barton, a family friend, saw the image, recognized the young boy's rash as a symptom of acute lymphocytic leukemia, and informed Philip that should take his son to the hospital immediately.

"I had a gut feeling something was wrong so I posted the pic," Philip, an anesthetic assistant, told The Sun. "That photo probably saved us."

Ted is currently going through a three-year-course of chemotherapy. Philip and his wife Sarah were told their son now has a 75 percent chance of surviving.

Last month, I reported on a similar story: Surgeon gives life-saving diagnosis, via Facebook. 30-year-old Rahul Velineni saw posts from his former schoolmate, 30-year-old Peter Ball, complaining to his friends about a sharp pain in his stomach. Velineni diagnosed it as appendicitis and told Ball to get to a hospital as soon as possible, saving his life.


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