Despite her modesty, Robb’s story made international headlines. And thanks to the awareness it raised towards retinoblastoma, at least one life was saved. When Seamus McClafferty of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, noticed a similar marking in his daughter’s eye, he rushed her to a doctor. His daughter was subsequently diagnosed with cancer. If it wasn’t for the picture of Rowan, though, McClafferty might not have known to raise the alarm.
Thankfully, Rowan responded to chemotherapy well and, after doctors removed her eye, she made rapid strides towards recovery. A year after her diagnosis, her mom returned to BabyFit with an update on her baby’s condition.