Retinoblastoma is a rare kind of cancer which can occur in one or both eyes. It mainly affects young children and can even begin in the womb. Unfortunately, to stop the tumor from spreading any further, doctors would have to remove Rowan’s eye.
However, Santos and her family were all too aware that things could have turned out much worse for their daughter. And, for that, she will always be thankful for Robb’s intervention. “Grateful cannot even begin to describe how we feel toward Maddie,” Santos told the Daily Mail in 2008.