[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2006, 18:35 GMT 19:35 UK
Family snap 'saves girl's life'
The picture of Molly and Sophie which alerted the family
The flash from the camera showed the tumours behind Sophie's eye
A photograph taken at a family wedding may have helped to save the life of an 18-month-old girl.

The picture of Sophie Cooke with her twin sister Molly should have showed their sets of blue eyes, but instead Sophie's left eye was completely black.

The light from the flash should have reflected from the back of the eye, but a tumour was blocking the light path and the eye showed up as black.

Days later the family, from Sheffield, discovered she had eye cancer.

She had her eye removed and underwent six months of chemotherapy, but has now been given the all-clear.

Sophie and Molly Cooke
Sophie, left, was fitted with a prosthetic eye earlier this year

He mother Tracey Cooke, who lives with her partner David, said her daughter had never complained throughout the treatment.

She said: "It was devastating. They are my little girls, aren't they, so it was a lot to take in. She was so brave and we were very proud of her."

Sophie, who is now two years old, was fitted with a prosthetic eye earlier this year.

Ms Cooke said: "We are just so glad the photograph was taken that day, as it helped save my daughter's life."

The picture that revealed a cancerous tumour

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific